Post by treasuredude on Aug 3, 2008 8:32:50 GMT -5
I drove from Pierre out to the Black Hills last weekend. I took photos of both the Windolph house (posted elsewhere on this board), Jan Mollar's house, and also stopped by the grave of Pvt. James King. King died during the 1874 Black Hills Expedition while the 7th was preparing to exit the Black Hills and head back to Fort Lincoln. His grave is on private land out on Nemo Road, west of Rapid City. I wanted to walk out to the grave so I stopped and asked the landowner permission to jump the fence and walk out there. She said it would be fine and also gave me a bit of advice -- "Carry a stick and swack the ground in front of you. The ditch is full of snakes." Fortunately, I didn't see any snakes. Here are the photos.
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7thtroopers.blogspot.com The battlefields are silent now. The graves all look the same. The crosses without number. And so many without names -- Motorhead
From The Overseas Veteran, monthly publication of the South dakota VFW, November 1989
"Brian Mills put in 155 hours of his time on his Eagle Scout project. He is 14 years old and a ninth grader in North Junior High. The site is a Cavalry soldier's grave [Private James King, H Troop, 7th Cavalry] located on land owned by Norman Eckmann about seven miles out on the Nemo Road. In preparing this site Brian took out a pile of rocks, cleared the area, filled to level area, erected a fence, put in crushed rock and installed a flag pole. VFW Auxiliary #1273 members Lori Parson, President; and Irene Hutchingson, Ameicanism chairman, were also present to present and dedicate the flag for the project. Present also were Brian's parents, Ed and Janeen Mills, his sister, Lynn Mills, and Norman Eckmann who will see that the flag is up for proper days. Publicity chairman for VFW Auxiliary #1273, Edith Pace, 343-5785."
For a description of Private King's interment service, see "Custer's Gold: The United States Expedfition of 1874," by Donald jackson. (New Haven and London: Yale Univdersity Press,1966), p. 96-97.