Thomas J. Callan rode with Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn and survived to tell about it. After his death in 1908 at the age of 54, Callan’s short obituary contained more than a few inaccuracies. He may have been confused with Trumpeter John Martin.
Callan, Thomas Joseph 13 July 1853, County Louth, Ireland
Enlisted 10 March 1876, Boston, Ma Private, Company B With pack train and hilltop fight 24 October 1898, Medal of Honor Died 5 March 1908, Yonkers, New York Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, New Jersey St. Stephen's Section, Lot 18, Grave 5
Post by Lt. Godfrey on Feb 23, 2013 2:49:37 GMT -5
I have this from Autobiographies of the 7th Cavalry...
Callan, Thomas J., Private Born in Lourth Ireland. Enlisted on March 10, 1876 at age 22 in Boston by Lieut. Henry Lawton. Previous occupation was morocco dresser. Discharged March 9, 1881, at Fort Yates, Dakota upon expiration of service as a Private of good character. He has blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion and was 5'9-1/2" in height. Awarded the Medal of Honor on October 24, 1896, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of the water party in Little Bighorn River fight. He volunteered and succeeded in obtaining water for the wounded and he displayed conspicuous good conduct in assisting to drive away the Indians. Died March 6, 1906, in Yonkers, New York.