I'm hoping someone might be able to help me I would like to find out about a Sergeant Jas Hughes.
I bought an old clock at auction and it has a plaque on it which reads 'Presented by B Co 1/22 Regiment to Serg. Jas Hughes as a Mark of Respect February 17 1876' When I looked up what that regiment were up to in 1876 I, of course, found they were involved at Bighorn, so it seemed likely that Jas Hughes was there too since it was just a few months later.
I lter discovered a Sergeant Jas Hughes of K Company was killed at the battle, so same name as the recipient of the clock but different Company. I wondered if the clock could have been presented to the Sergeant as a 'leaving present' when he transferred from B Company to K Company? It just seems strange that a man with the same name should die in the battle so seems likely it was the same man
Any information would be most gratefully received
Attached photo of the plaque
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From the info below: It appears that Co B and K 1/22nd Infantry were station together at Fort Porter, NY, till May 1875 when sometime K was transferred to Jefferson Barracks. Maybe that is when Sgt Jas Hughes transferred to Co K., if he was in the 1/22. The 22 Infantry was rejoined in July 76 and was sent out to General Terry on the Yellowstone.
I could not find Jas Hughes name listed as I did not have any troop list for the 1/22.
Company Muster Rolls in "The Little Big Horn 1876" by Loyd Overfield lists five Hughes: Francis T. Hughes, Co L, private KIA Frank Hughes, Co D, private Robert M. , Co K, Sgt, KIA R.P. Hughes, HQ, Capt Thomas Hughes, Co H, private, wounded
Sgt. Robert Hughes, Co K, was KIA but is not shown as JAS Hughes.
In July, 1874, the 22nd Infantry changed stations with the First Infantry. Regimental Headquarters and Companies D, F and H took station at Fort Wayne, Michigan; Company A, at Madison Barracks, New York; Companies B and K, at Fort Porter, New York.
September 16, Companies A, B, D, F, H, I and K were directed by telegraphic orders to proceed to New Orleans, where an organization known as the White League had caused some fear and concern as to the safety of that locality. The Companies were packed and ready to start by midnight, and took the train early on the morning of the 17th,reaching New Orleans on the night of the 20th. It had been intimated that the duty would be of ten days' duration, instead of which it lasted eight months, until May, 1875, the battalion quartering from time to time in various parts of the cityand at Greenville, one of its suburbs. Companies A and K were for a time at Jackson Barracks.
In July, 1876, the now famed Custer Massacre was the cause of again sending the 22nd Infantry into the field, and on July 11, less Company A, the same command left Fort Wayne to join General Terry at the mouth of the Rosebud River in Montana. Companies E, F, G, H, I and K, under Lieut.-Colonel E. S. Otis, represented the regiment and were conveyed by the steamboat Carroll to General Terry's mobilization point. Hostile Indians were encountered on several occasions, notably at the mouth of the Powder River,
On July 29, when the boat was passing the mouth of the Powder River, the Indians in large number from the right bank of the Yellowstone made a vigorous attack upon it. The troops responded promptly, and the boat was landed and two or three Companies sent on shore. The fight lasted some time, engaged in by the troops on the boat as well as those on shore, until the Indians were driven back into the hills, with what loss we never knew.
Their camp was taken possession of and burned, a few firearms and other trophies being found and taken on the boat.There were two or three soldiers slightly wounded.
On August 1, the battalion arrived at General Terry's camp, where it remained until the 7th. The next day it marched with General Terry's command up the Rosebud. The valley of the lower Rosebud is very rough and the marches were short and difficult. In the forenoon of the 10th there was great excitement, as a heavy dust was seen rising some two or three miles in our front and horsemen riding around. Reports went down the line that we were approaching the hostiles, and an engagement was expected within a few minutes...
Accompanied by two units of the 17th Infantry, the 22nd remained in Montana most of the winter, their duties being limited to providing escorts for wagon trains to the camp near Fort Keogh. At Spring Creek, at three o'clock on the morning of October 11, 1876, one of these escorts, composed of Companies G, H and K, 22nd Infantry, and Company C of the 17th, was attacked by Indians in force. The attack was repulsed, but the Indians succeeded in stampeding many of the expedition's animals, mostly mules, and thereby so crippled the transportation that the command was compelled to return to Glendive.
"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.