Post by bandboxtroop on Dec 29, 2008 13:55:46 GMT -5
My ancestor was John Kelly of F Troop. He was on his second enlistment had been with the 7th since first enlistment in 1867 . He use to be a member of E Troop and was a Sergeant but was reduced in ranks. His best friend was Sgt Curtis. Kelly left a widow 4 months pregnant and 2 children. Sgt Curtis of the bread box fame married Kellys widow. His body was id in the correspondence in his pension papers cause of death pistol shot to right temple but he is not listed in any of the Custer burial books as being id. I tend to think more men were id by friends that are mentioned in accounts just didnt get in the books. My grandfather mentioned that Kelly always carred a British army Waterloo medal on him that his grandfather who earned it gave him for good luck, guess it is floating around on some reservation now. He was from Easton Pa and that side of family had 3 ancestors in Civil War Union army. Im still trying to get copies of some Sgt Curtis letters from a Cousin out in North Dakota.
Post by bandboxtroop on Jan 7, 2009 1:25:56 GMT -5
PS Fred my ancestors body was found and ID by Sgt Curtis. John Kelly joined the 7th in 1867, He was in E troop and a Sgt he lost his rank in 76 and went into F troop as a private. Curtis married his widow who had 3 children by Kelly. Kellys cause of death was revolver shot to right temple. Ill state again many more enlisted men were ID by fellow enlisted men it justnever got in the books. Its listed in his wifes pension record so she could get support for Kellys/ 3 children after she married Curtis in 1877. My one grand aunt lived to be 100, dying in 1976
Post by bandboxtroop on Sept 26, 2010 21:24:05 GMT -5
I would appreciate that Fred. I mentioned to you my ancestor John Kelly KIA with F Troops widow remarried Sgt Curtis. Now they stayed out west in Colorado area but I did get to meet a ggrand aunt in the 1970's. Anyway this family has some Curtis Kelly letters that I have been trying to get copies for years now. Still no luck. John Kelly is listed in all the Custer books ie both Custer Casulties books by Hardorff as not being id. His pension clearly states he was found on the battlefield with revolver wound through right temple. He was originally from Easton Pa. Did 2 enlistments made Sgt busted down. No reason for reduction listed. I wrote to the battlefield years ago their reply was to ask to donate any of his items which I do not have. Ill work on thew west coast relatives but they are unresponsive. I think more work needs to be done on the enlisted men. Fred one question that has bothered me for years. Were there any ex confederates with the 7th? Anything you can get on Charleys actual death site please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Joe