Does anyone recognize this guy as being with the 7th Cav? A local history book has W. H. George as an early day founder of Canton, KS. He was a doctor there. His bio says he was with the 7th Cav under GAC until his enlistment/commitment ran out 2 weeks before the battle of the LBH. I'm not sure a doctor would have an enlistment or if he was a doctor assuming he was with the 7th. Thanks.
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William H. George was wounded June 25 on the hill top fight at the LBH, and loaded aboard the Far West, were he passed away. When the Far West reached the Powder River Depot, William H. George was buried.
This photo is looking toward the Yellowstone River (in the back ground), The mouth of Powder River is just to the west. Originally he was buried closer to the river but was moved up on top of the plain.
The headstone says CO E, which was probably placed there by his family. When he died he was assigned to CO H.
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"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.
The Dr. W. H. George I am referring to has a bio in the the McPherson county pictorial history. Has a couple of pics of him in his office and at his home. He was a horse and buggy doctor and one of the founders of Canton and built the first store in town before moving to McPherson. He had 10 kids and died in 1912. His bio states that "He also served with Gen. George Armstrong Custer until two weeks before Custer's Last Stand when he had completed his tour of duty."
Clearly my guy is a doctor but I'm not sure the tour of duty deal adds up. Was he at Ft. Lincoln and replaced by one of the other doctors? Doubt he was a private but I wonder if there were 2 guys with the same name. I also think the doctors were contracted by the department out of St. Paul or Chicago. Was he another one of those frauds claiming a connection to Custer? I've got a friend and historian over at Canton checking the local side of him. The doctor was married to a Julia (Oldfield) George. Don't know what he did in his past or where he came from.
I'll post this over with the Co. H rosters where Gerry has raised questions about him. Can there be two people named W. H. George with the 7th?
bc From "The Conquest of the Missouri" by Joseph Mills Hanson. Chapter XXXVII "The 'Far West" Races with Death"
"The heroic Doctor Porter, working without interruption. lost one of his patients in the early morning hours of the 4th, Private William George, of H Troop, shot through the left side on Reno's"s Hill. At Powder River the boat stopped long enough to have his body interred and to confirm the news of battle to Major Moore's little garrison, still encamped there, who had hardly believed Reno's stampeded Arkaree scouts. Then, after taking on board the private property of the officers killed on the Little Big Horn, which had been left at the Powder with the wagons, she was off again."
Update on my Doctor W. H. George from the Canton history book:
William Henry George, born 9-27-1845, Hillsdale Co. Michigan. Died 10-19-1912 from appendicitis. Graduated fro Ann Arbor Medical Univ.of Michigan in march 1869. Married in April 69 and had one daughter. Wife died in March 1870. He decided to come west.
He homesteaded a farm near what would later be called Canton, KS in June 1873 and married again in October 1873 and had 10 kids. He moved around over the years but ended up building the first residence and store building in Canton when formed in 1879 when the railroad came through. He was the first mayor in 1880 when the city was chartered.
He is listed as an acting assistant surgeon of the regular Army for 1 year. I suspect this service was between March 1869 and 1879 and probably in the earlier years. I further suspect his service was in Kanas, but not necessarily. Custer left KS in 1871. His bio suggests he did his year right after medical school and maybe before he came west but that wouldn't put him with Custer.
Guess I wouldn't rule out he spent a year in service in KS which prompted his move here. I'll do some checking around here.