Thank you; your generosity humbles me, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Make no bones about it, however, I am only interested in sharing ideas and information, and I am extremely interested in the theories of others, whether they agree with mine or not. And I respect all those ideas and theories... unless, of course, we begin to border on the stupid or the misleading.
I can already see that some do not like my style and that is too bad, but my sarcasm is only directed at those who warrant it and it is only done in defense. My original post was aimed at David/CSS/Custerwest. He and I have had some of these things out before-- elsewhere-- and I would prefer a more neutral "proof" than something wrung through a ringer and sanitized using only "approved" sources, especially when one detects an ex cathedra lecture.
Whatever research I have done is available to you if you would like more. You only need ask.
Post by rollingthunder on Feb 4, 2008 9:39:35 GMT -5
Thank you so much for the requested info. You’ve gotta remember, us bumpkins can’t digest all that info in one sitting as you slickers can! So the info you have given will probably take me the better part of this day to peruse, after I go check my outputs at my still, nestled in the woods of my “Back 40”! And I’m sorry to keep you waiting, hopefully you didn’t wait-up all night for my response.
Have a great day, and if it isn’t too much of an imposition, I’d be interested in the other 2 companies, as well!
BI can already see that some do not like my style and that is too bad, but my sarcasm is only directed at those who warrant it and it is only done in defense. My original post was aimed at David/CSS/Custerwest.
Obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety (ref. sickness, disease, paranoia, senility). solution: to MOVE ON like an adult.
For your information; sorry it's taken me so long:
Company G (2 officers, 43 EM in battle) (Rode mixed horses and sorrels. In 1868, mostly chestnuts and mixed)
1LT Donald McIntosh (Nicknamed “The Indian”; also Tosh)—b. Jasper House, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 4Sep38. DOR: 22Mar70; #4-ranking 1LT on campaign. Acting CO. Killed in the bottoms, 20 yards from LBH, near Charlie Reynolds. Ken Hammer, in The Battlefield Dispatch, Winter 2005, says he was killed at the edge of the timber. Horse’s name was “Puff.” KIA • Part Indian, part Scottish-Canadian. • Born in Canada, into an old trading family. Father was a factor in the Hudson’s Bay Co. and was killed by Indians when McIntosh was 14. • Same family as Sir James McIntosh. • Mother, Charlotte, was a direct descendent of Red Jacket, a chief of the Six Nations. • Married Mary (Molly) Garrett (d.12May1910) on 30Oct66, in Baltimore. ◊ Molly’s younger sister, Katherine, married LT Gibson, H Company. [Heitland] • Buried on the battlefield, then re-interred in Fort Leavenworth, then exhumed on 28Oct1909 and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery. • From Heitman’s register: McIntosh, Donald. Canada. OR. 2LT 7th Cav 17Aug1867; 1LT 22Mar1870; killed 25Jun1876 in action with Sioux Indians at Little Big Horn River, MT.
2LT George Daniel “Nick” Wallace (“Long Soldier” or “Tony Soldier”)—b. York County, SC, 29Jun49. DOR: 14Jun72, same as Harrington and Varnum. Supposed to have been between 6’3” and 6’4” tall. Acting Engineer Officer. On 25Jun76, he was the itinerist or regimental recorder with column. Graduated from the USMA with Varnum and Harrington. Appointed regimental adjutant after the battle [RCOI]. • Very close friend and roommate of Varnum. • Father was a Congressman from SC, Alexander Stewart Wallace (b.30Dec10; d.27Jun93); mother was Nancy Lee Ratchford. • Married Caroline (Carrie) Otis, 6Oct82, in St Paul. She died in Bronxville, NY, 9Apr1942. • Son, Otis Alexander, b.12Sep89. • Killed 29Dec1890 at Wounded Knee (as a captain). Shot in head and abdomen. • Buried in Yorkville, SC. • From Heitman’s register: Wallace, George Daniel. SC. SC. Cadet USMA 1Sep1868 (9th); 2LT 7th Cav 14Jun1872; 1LT 25Jun1876; regimental adjutant 25Jun1876 to 6 June 1877; CPT 23Sep1885; killed 29Dec1890 in action with Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, SD.
Acting 1SG Botzer, Edward—b. Bremerhaven, Germany, 1846. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Second enlistment 26Nov71. Several bones—including most of the facial bones—found on the banks of the LBH at Reno’s retreat crossing during a 1989 archeological dig, were almost certainly his, though there was some speculation they might be PVT Moody’s (Company A). Tests indicated the bones were from a 30-40 year old white male, 5’7” tall. Subsequent forensic reconstructions indicate the bones were most likely Botzer’s. Hammer claims he was killed at the retreat ford. Married; no children. KIA
SGT Considine, Martin—b. Clare, Ireland, 1847. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Second enlistment 28Jan75. Killed along the retreat route between timber and river. KIA
SGT Northeg, Olans H. – b. Nannestad, Norway, 1841; d. Ft Meade, D.T., 5Nov82. Gray eyes, fair hair, fair complexion; 5’9 1/2” tall. Second enlistment 21Mar72. Died in service. Buried in Post Cemetery, Ft Meade, D.T.
CPL Akers, James—b. Kings County, Ireland, 1851; d. Washington, DC, 3Aug81. Hazel eyes, auburn hair, fair or dark complexion; 5’6” tall, 135 pounds. Enlisted 4Dec74. Promoted to SGT 25Jun76.
CPL Hagemann, Otto—b. Hanover, Germany, 1859. Brown eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’9 1/2” tall. Enlisted 2Oct73. Killed near river on east side during Reno’s retreat. KIA
CPL Hammon, John E. – b. Lynchburg, OH, 4Dec57; d. Sturgis, SD, 19Jan1909. Blue eyes, dark brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/4” tall. Enlisted 1Sep73. Promoted to SGT 25Jun76. • Survived by widow Victoria and 6 children. • Buried in Bear Butte Cemetery. CPL Martin, James—b. County Kildare, Ireland, 1847. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’5” tall. Enlisted 6Feb72. Killed near Reno’s retreat crossing. The head of a CPL from G Company was found in the Indian village, under a kettle. In all likelihood, it was Martin’s.
PVT Foley (K) claimed he found a head and it belonged to a CPL from G, but he said it had red hair. [Hammer/Camp, Custer in 76, p. 147] KIA
TMP Dose, Henry C. – b. Holstein, Germany, 1849. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’6” tall. Second enlistment: 4Jan70 to 4Jan75 with 3rd Infantry; then 1Feb75 with Seventh Cavalry. He was one of 3 orderlies with Custer. Body found on the flats near LBH, between MTC and Deep Coulee, possibly killed when Custer and the left wing moved down MTC to Ford B, or later while trying to escape, though that is improbable. Arrows found in his back and sides. Hammer has him being killed in the valley fight, but this is incorrect. KIA • Married Anna Elizabeth Fettis, a laundress. • 2 children: Hattie and Charles.
BSM Taylor, Walter O. – b. Scituate, RI, 5Jul44 (birth date also listed as 1854 which seems more reasonable); d. Rockland, MA, 26Jan1931. Gray eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted 22Nov75. • Survived by widow Emma M. King Taylor and daughter Sarah. • Buried in Northville Cemetery, East Bridgewater, MA.
FAR Wells, Benjamin J. – b. Sangamon, IL, 1843. Blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Enlisted from 28Nov66 to 28Nov71 in Seventh Cavalry; enlisted again 5Dec71. Apparently killed when horse bolted into Indians while crossing ford during Reno’s retreat or possibly south of retreat line (Hammer). KIA • Widow’s name was Sarah. • 1 child: Charles W.
SAD Selby, Crawford—b. Ashland County, OH, 5Jun45. Gray eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion; 5’5 1/2” tall. Enlisted 21Jun75. Ken Hammer, in The Battlefield Dispatch, Winter 2005, lists his death as being in an “unknown location.” Smalley claims no one saw him killed and his body was never found. [LBH Mysteries, p. 15-7] KIA • Married Mary Elizabeth Beck, 10Nov64; divorced 30Dec74.
PVT Boyle, James P. – b. County Tyrone, Ireland, 15Dec53; d. Bismarck, ND, 2Sep1920. Hazel eyes, auburn hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 3/8” tall. Enlisted 7Dec74 in Boston. WIA in back during hilltop fight, though not listed as wounded in the 30Jun76 Seventh Cavalry returns. • Died of hypertension at St. Alexius Hospital. • Buried in Lot 8, Row 8, Block A, St Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.
PVT Brinkerhoff, Henry M. (aka, Charles Harry Reynolds)—b. Gettysburg, PA, 12Apr54; d. Los Angeles, CA, 4Feb1933. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’6” tall. Enlisted 1Dec74. Promoted to CPL 25Jun76. May have served as a 7th Cavalry QM employee in the Yellowstone and Black Hills expeditions. Cited by Congress for extraordinary bravery during Sioux campaign and for carrying the dispatch to Terry calling for medical aid and reinforcements on the morning of 27Jun76. • Married Lulu Garretson, 21Apr1902. • Buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery.
PVT Dwyer, Edmond P. – b. Fairfax County, VA, Dec50; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’5 1/2” tall. Enlisted 14Apr76.
PVT Goldin, Theodore W. (born as John Stilwell)—b. Avon Township, Rock County, WI, 25Jul58, making him under-aged for the army (he claimed he was born in 1855); d. King, WI, 15Feb1935. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 3/4” tall. Later documents show his height as 5’ 10”, more consistent with descriptions of him as a “husky young fellow.” [Sklenar, “… Goldin: Too Soon Discredited?”] Enlisted 8Apr76. Discharged 13Nov77, without honor, when his parents informed the military he enlisted without their consent and he was underage. Ultimately awarded MH (in 1896) for voluntarily bringing water up from LBH (he was chairman of the state Republican Committee at the time). Of course, wangling a friendship with Benteen probably helped as well. Eventually became a COL in the ARNG. One of the primary sources of info about battle, though much of it was clearly fabricated, including alleged wounds (Graham). There is one story about a G Company trooper found hiding in the bushes, scared “witless,” by the Reno/SGT Culbertson party looking for LT Hodgson’s body. Culbertson, in his RCOI testimony, mentions finding a G Company trooper in the bushes on the hillside. [Nichols, RCOI, p. 371] Some think it was Goldin who spent the rest of his life making up stories about his role in the fight. Graham once remarked that you could take your choice of which story to believe for they “all are priced the same.” Possibly served as an orderly to LT Cooke on 25Jun76, but I carry him with his company since he eventually wound up with the unit. Claimed to have been in the valley fight, but Sklenar seriously doubts it. Sklenar does believe, however, that Goldin served as a messenger and carried a note from Custer to Reno, though it was never delivered. This is a good story and rings true, despite Goldin’s prolific lying. The note would have been given to Goldin as Custer’s column was moving up Reno Hill and Goldin may have traveled down the valley behind Reno, reaching that command just as it was being routed. This would lend further credence to the hiding-in-bushes story. • Married Laura Belle Dunwiddie 23Feb81. Children: Herbert D. • Buried in Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, WI.
PVT Graham, Thomas Eaton—b. Alton, OH, 20Nov31; d. Columbus, OH, 17Feb1907. Gray eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted from 1848 to 1853 and helped build Fort Laramie. Served in 40th OH Inf. in Civil War. Enlisted 4Nov72. • Married with 4 daughters and 3 sons. • Buried in VA Military Cemetery, Dayton, OH.
PVT Grayson, Edward (aka, Edward Wilson)—b. Providence, RI, 1837; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion; 5’5 3/4” tall. Second enlistment 18Dec72. Originally detailed for HQ fatigue duty, but Smalley lists him at the battle.
PVT Hackett, John—b. Dublin, Ireland, May51; d. Fort Sheridan, IL, 25Feb1904. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’4 1/4” tall. Enlisted 14Nov72. LT Wallace’s orderly. WIA in left arm during hilltop fight. • Married Esther Smith 28Jun1902. • Buried in Post Cemetery.
PVT Johnson, Benjamin—b. Lancaster, PA, 1846; d. unknown. Hazel eyes, dark brown hair, dark complexion; 5’5 3/4” tall. Enlisted 22Jun75.
PVT Lattman, John—b. Zurich, Switzerland, 1848; d. Rapid City, SD, 7Oct1913. Gray eyes, auburn hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted 14Oct73. Left in Timber with McGonigle, Moore, and others, but made Reno Hill. • Buried in Elk Vale Cemetery
PVT Loyd, George—b. County Tyrone, Ireland, 1843; d. Ft Riley, KS, 17Dec92, by suicide. Gray eyes, light hair, ruddy complexion; 5’9” tall. Second enlistment 21Mar69; third 13Apr74. Had been in severe pain because of several accidents and some thought the pain caused a mental aberration resulting in the suicide. Promoted to CPL 25Jun76. Awarded MH for action at Wounded Knee, Dec1890. Was 1SG of I/7C at time of death.
PVT McCormick, Samuel J. – b. County Tyrone, Ireland, 1848; d. Fort Meade, SD, 10Sep1908. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Enlisted 29Sep73. Gave his horse to LT McIntosh at the beginning of the retreat from the valley fight, while he remained in the woods.
PVT McDonnell, John—b. NYC, 1844; d. unknown. Blue eyes, auburn hair, fair complexion; 5’9” tall. Enlisted 7Apr73.
PVT McGinniss, John J. – b. Boston, MA, 1849. Gray eyes, sandy hair, florid complexion; 5’7 3/8” tall. Enlisted 2Dec74. In valley fight. His horse bolted and McGinniss’ head was later found in village. Liddic claims he was one of those who wound up staying in the timber and then refusing to leave when everyone else left. KIA
PVT McGonigle, Hugh—b. Philadelphia, PA, Feb38; d. Washington, DC, 16Nov1914. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’10” tall. Previously served in 2nd Cavalry and in General Service USA. Third enlistment 22Jul72. Left in timber with Lattman, Moore, and others, but made Reno Hill.
PVT McVay, John—b. Ireland, 1847; d. unknown. Gray eyes, dark hair, dark complexion; 5’8 3/4” tall. Enlisted 21Nov72. WIA in left hip on Reno Hill.
PVT Moore, Andrew J. – b. Camden, NJ, 1850. Blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion; 5’8” tall. Enlisted 23Jan72. Shot in kidneys, probably through the back. Died in hospital on Reno Hill. Had been left in the timber with McGonigle, Lattman, and others, but reached Reno Hill. KIA
PVT Morrison, John—b. Zanesville, OH, 1843; d. unknown. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’8 3/4” tall. Third enlistment 21May75. WIA.
PVT O’Neill, Thomas F. (aka, Thomas Dean)—b. Dublin, Ireland, 14Jan46; d. Riverdale, MD, 23Mar1914. Blue eyes, black hair, fair complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Enlisted from 29Nov65 to 29Nov68 in 1st Arty. Before that had served in 10th NY Infantry and 12th NY State Militia. Enlisted from 21Dec68 to 21Dec71 in 1st Infantry. Enlisted 17Jan72in Seventh Cavalry. Deserted 18Jun72, then enlisted as Thomas Dean 15Jul72 in the 18th Infantry. Surrendered and returned to Seventh Cavalry. Served through the years in varying capacities, including 1SG and instructor. In the valley fight, but he remained in the timber with LT DeRudio. The two men eventually reached Reno on hill around 3am of 27Jun76. Smalley writes that he served as McIntosh’s cook. • Resided at 137 California St, NW, in 1897 and 319 V Street, NE, Washington, D. C. in 1908. • Wife’s name Carrie. • Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
PVT Petring, Henry—b. Germany, 29Nov53; d. Brooklyn, NY, 7Oct1917. Gray eyes, brown hair, florid complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted 9Dec74. Arrived in U. S. in 1862. WIA in eye and hip. • Resided at 274 and 369 Manhattan Avenue and 195 Stockholm Street, Bklyn, NY. • Buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery. • Survived by widow Louisa whom he married 14Mar81.
PVT Rapp, John—b. Würtemburg, Germany, 1848. Blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion; 5’9 3/4” tall. Enlisted 29Sep73. Acting as McIntosh’s orderly or striker and killed in or near timber while holding horses. KIA
PVT Reed, John A. – b. Chester County, PA, Jan46; d. Fort Sisseton, SD, 21Jul97. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7” tall. Enlisted 6Apr71; discharged 18Apr76, then reenlisted 18Apr76. • Buried in Custer Battlefield National Cemetery.
PVT Robb, Eldorado J. – b. Warren County, KY, 1850; d. unknown. Hazel eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’9 3/4” tall. Enlisted 8Jan72.
PVT Rogers, Benjamin F. – b. Madison County, KY, 1847. Blue eyes, light hair, ruddy complexion; 5’10” tall. Enlisted 5Jan72. (I wonder if Rogers and Robb knew one another before joining the service: both from KY and enlistments 3 days apart; both enlisted in Louisville.) Possibly killed on Reno Hill, but no location is certain. Smalley claims no one saw him killed and his body was never found. [LBH Mysteries, p. 15-7] KIA
PVT Seafferman, Henry—b. Strausburg, Germany, 1839. Hazel eyes, brown hair, florid complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted from 11Aug60 to 1Jul64 in 2nd Cavalry. Enlisted from 1Jul64 to 1Jul67 in 5th Cavalry (2nd had been re-designated the 5th by act of Congress). Enlisted 5Jul67 in Seventh Cavalry; reenlisted 11Jul72. (A real veteran cavalryman) Killed along Reno’s retreat route from the timber, though Ken Hammer, in The Battlefield Dispatch, Winter 2005, says he was killed in the timber. KIA
PVT Small, John R. – b. 1834; d. unknown. Gray eyes, dark hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 5Mar73.
PVT Stanley, Edward—b. Boston, MA, 1850. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’9 3/8” tall. Enlisted 22Nov75. Ken Hammer, in The Battlefield Dispatch, Winter 2005, lists his death as occurring in an “unknown location.” Smalley claims no one saw him killed and his body was never found. [LBH Mysteries, p. 15-7] KIA
PVT Stevenson, Thomas W. – b. County Fermanagh, Ireland, 1848; d. Minneapolis, MN, some time after 1880. Blue eyes, red hair, ruddy complexion; 5’5 3/4” tall. Second enlistment 19Jul75. • Survived by widow and sons.
PVT Wallace, John W. – b. Salem, IN, Dec49; d. unknown. Blue eyes, auburn hair, florid complexion; 5’9” tall. Enlisted 1Nov72. Promoted to CPL 25Jun76. He chased a warrior back across the LBH, killed him, and scalped him, waving the scalp around when he returned to Reno Hill. Contrast this story to Goldin’s!
PVT Weiss, Markus—b. Caban, Hungary, Sep46; d. Ft Meade, D.T., 15Nov79. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8” tall. Enlisted on 17Aug66, deserted 20May69. Surrendered on 31Oct73 under Presidential Proclamation and restored to duty. Re-enlisted 27Feb76. Died of a skull fracture in accident, when a bank of earth caved in on him during construction of guardhouse, stable, and saddler shop at Fort Meade.
Thought to be with packs
SGT Brown, Alexander—b. Aberdeen, Scotland, 19Feb44; d. Ft Meade, D.T., 7Apr84. Hazel eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Second enlistment 13Dec71. With packs.
PVT Campbell, Charles W. – b. Guthrie County, IA, 1855; d. Fort Bayard, NM, 2Aug1906. Blue eyes, light hair, ruddy complexion; 5’5 1/2” tall. Enlisted 3Apr76. WIA in right shoulder attempting to get water for wounded with the first water party. With packs. • Wife Elizabeth died 4Apr97; children: Charles M. Sarah H., George T., twins John and Frank, and Mary E. • Died of TB.
PVT McEagan, John—b. County Kerry, Ireland, Oct47; d. unknown. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’8 3/4” tall. Enlisted 6Feb72. With packs.
Left at Powder River Depot (16 EM)
CPL Crussy, Melanchton H. (also, Cressey, Melancthon, and a number of other variations as well)—b. NYC, 1841; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion; 5’6 1/4” tall. Enlisted 1Dec75. Promoted to CPL 25Jun76. • Wife named Mary O. born in GA in 1851; her father was from Scotland and her mother from GA. • Children all born in Dakota: Julia, Arthur W., Harry M., and Robert.
PVT Barnett, Charles Clinton—b. Camden, OH, 7May57; d. Anacortes, WA, 3Apr1935. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’9” tall. Enlisted 25Mar76. • Survived by widow Etta Gath Barnett.
PVT Geist, Frank J. – b. Würzburg, Germany ah-h-h, I know it well!, 16Feb56; d. Minneapolis, MN, 20Nov1918. Gray eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’6” tall. Enlisted 14Apr76. Apparently knew Stella (E) in Germany, having gone to school with him there. • Survived by widow Ena M. Geist and 4 sons: Robert, Frank, Walter, and Edward and 2 daughters Minnie and Elsie. • Resided in Minneapolis for 39 years.
PVT Gray, William S. – b. New Bedford, MA, 1855; d. unknown. Hazel eyes, brown hair, dark complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall, though one source (?) said he was the shortest trooper in the regiment at 5’ 3/4”. Enlisted 10Apr76.
PVT Henderson, George W. – b. Homelsville, NY, 1854; d. unknown. Gray eyes, light hair, ruddy complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 2Mar76.
PVT Katzenmaier, Jacob—b. Germany, 1852; d. Fort Meade, D.T., 27Jan80. Blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8 1/4” tall. Enlisted 27Mar76.
PVT Kilfoyle, Martin—b. County Clare, Ireland, 1853; d. Washington, DC, 9Dec94. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’6” tall. Enlisted 4Dec74.
PVT Lauper, Frank—b. Montgomery, OH, 1852; d. unknown. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Enlisted 7Apr.76.
PVT McKay, Edward J. – b. Galway, Ireland, 1854; d. unknown. Blue eyes, black hair, ruddy complexion; 5’5” tall. Enlisted 12Apr76.
PVT McKee, John—b. Meigs County, OH, 1853; d. unknown. Hazel eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’10” tall. Enlisted 4Apr76.
PVT Rowland, Robert—b. Warsaw, Poland, 1843; d. D.T., Apr79. Brown eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’8” tall. Enlisted 7Apr76. Died at mouth of the Cannonball River in a boat. May have been suicide.
PVT Shanahan, John—b. Ireland, Jul53; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7” tall. Enlisted 9Dec74. Lived in Mandan, ND after leaving army 8Dec79.
PVT Stephens, George Wesley—b. Madison, IN, 1852; d. Kansas City, MO, 19Mar87. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Enlisted 4Apr76. • Illiterate. • Married Mary Elizabeth Jett 21Aug82; children: Mary Etta, Jennie Bessie, and Nancy Druzella.
PVT Sullivan, Daniel—b. Cork, Ireland, 1852; d. Ardagilla, Skibbereen, Ireland, 25Jun1931. Blue eyes, dark hair, medium complexion; 5’8” tall. Enlisted 8Dec74 in Boston. • Survived by widow Margaret and son Daniel.
PVT Tulo, Joseph—b. Rand, France, 1852; d. unknown. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Enlisted 7Mar76.
PVT Williamson, Pasavan—b. Petersburg, OH, 1847; d. Fort Leavenworth, KS. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion; 5’9 1/4” tall. Enlisted 18Apr76. Died in Leavenworth prison, apparent suicide.
Others (1 officer, 8 EM)
CPT John Eaton Tourtellotte—Detached service as COL and ADC to GEN W.T.Sherman since 31Dec70. • From Heitman’s register: Tourtellotte, John Eaton. CT. MN. PVT H Co., 4th MN Inf. 30Sep to 12Dec1861; CPT 4th MN Inf. 13Dec1861; LTC 1Sep1862; COL 5Oct1864; bvt BG of volunteers 13Mar1865 for gallant and meritorious service; honorably mustered out 21Jun1865; CPT 28th Inf. 28July1866; unassigned 31Mar1869; assigned to 7th Cav 15Dec1870; COL a-d-c to GEN Sherman 1Jan1871 to 8Feb1884; MAJ 7th Cav 22Sep1883; retired 20Mar1885; bvt MAJ 2Mar1867 for gallant and meritorious service in the siege of Vicksburg, MS; LTC 2Mar1867 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Allatoona, GA, and COL 2Mar1867 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Bentonville, NC; died 22Jul1891.
1SG Garlick, Edward—On leave since 30Mar76. Tallest EM in the regiment at 6’2”; b. Chertsey, England, 8May46; d. Sturgis, SD, 25Jan1931. Arrived in U. S. at age 18.
SGT Lloyd, Frank—At Fort Lincoln for duty.
TMP Carter, Cassius R. – b. Baltimore, 1844. At Shreveport, LA, for duty since 19Apr76.
PVT Flood, Phillip—At Washington, D. C., insane asylum, 1May75.
PVT Laden, Joseph—At Fort Lincoln for duty; sick.
PVT Lawler, James—At Fort Lincoln for duty.
PVT McDonough, James M. – b. Chambersburg, PA, 1842. At St. Louis barracks awaiting transportation.
PVT Sorden, Thomas—b. Finland, 1847; d. unknown. Enroute to FAL. Enlisted on 6Jun76 in St. Louis. Was a bricklayer in civilian life. Hazel eyes, blond hair, 5’ 9 1/4” tall. Deserted 3Mar78. Never found and nothing else is known of him.
I threw in a few extras here, just for your gratification.
Company M (2 officers, 54 EM in battle) (Rode light bays)
CPT Thomas H. French (nickname among EM, “Tucker”)—b. Baltimore, MD, 4Mar43; d. Planter’s House, Leavenworth, KS, 27Mar82. DOR: 26Mar68; 5th-ranking CPT on campaign. CO. Along with LT Cooke, considered best shot in regiment. His horse had 4 white stockings. Willert wrote the horse was a gray and quoted 1SG Ryan, saying the animal was “the best buffalo horse in the command.” [LBH Diary, p. 402] This brings into question French’s claim of being the “bravest” soldier mentioned in the Red Horse story (see below). The horse was shot in the head while on Reno Hill (26Jun76), but Willert does not say if he died. Bullet went through French’s hat while on Reno Hill. • Both parents were widowers: Thomas and Ellen Burke Foy French. ◊ Father born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, dying in Baltimore in 1858 of fever. ◊ Mother died at 65 on 22Mar88 and buried in Holy Road Cemetery, Washington, D. C. • Appointed 2LT, 10th Inf., 18May64. • Fought at Petersburg, Weldon RR, and Chappell House, where he was wounded. • Bvt CPT. • Assigned to Seventh Cavalry 1Jan71. • Carried a “Long Tom” infantry rifle. • Extremely brave, even recognized by the Indians at the battle, especially the Sioux chief, Red Horse during the Reno rout, though some doubt this story pertains to French. ◊ Hated Reno for what he did and wished that a “friendly” bullet had accomplished what French couldn’t bring himself to do. • Heavy drinker, causing him to be court martialed and dismissed from service. ◊ Sentence commuted by President Hayes. • Retired 5Feb80. • Fire destroyed his home in Bismarck, ND (34 N. 4th St.) on 20Feb80. • Buried in Fort Leavenworth cemetery, but exhumed on 4Mar91 and re-interred in Holy Road Cemetery, Washington, D. C., Section 23, Lot 257. • From Heitman’s register: French, Thomas Henry. MD. PVT 10th Inf. 13Jan to 9Jun1864; 2LT 10th Inf. 18May1864; 1LT 23Jun1864; CPT 26Mar1868; unassigned 19May1869; assigned to 7th Cav 1Jan1871; retired 5Feb1880; bvt CPT 18Aug1864 for gallant service during the operations on the Weldon RR, VA; died 27Mar1882.
1LT Edward Gustave Mathey (Nicknamed the “Bible Thumper”)—b. Besançon, France, 27Oct37; d. Denver, CO, 17Jul1915. DOR: 10May70; 5th of 9 1LTs on campaign. Calhoun—his junior—was appointed ahead of him as Acting CO of L Company. Detached to packs. Suffered from rheumatism. Black eyes, black hair; 5’9 1/2” tall. • Arrived in New Orleans, from Havre, France, in 1845, settling in Corydon, IN, and later at New Albany. • Married Meda Jones (d.19Feb1917), 8Nov71, in Corydon. • 1 daughter, Julia, b. Corydon, IN, 10Sep77. • Joined Seventh Cavalry 24Sep67. • In Washita campaign in 1868. • Buried in Arlington National Cemetery. • From Heitman’s register: Mathey, Edward Gustave. France. IN. 1SG C Co., 17th IN Inf. 31May1861; 2LT 1May1862; resigned 10Aug1862; 2LT 81st IN Inf. 1Sep1862; 1LT 21Mar1863; CPT 8Nov1863; MAJ 12Sep1864; honorably mustered out 13Jun1865; 2LT 7th Cav 24Sep1867; 1LT 10May1870; CPT 30Sep1877; retired with rank of MAJ 11Dec1896.
From the LBHA Website:
Post by “crzhrs” on Jun 1, 2006:
Born October 27, 1837, in France, he enlisted from Indiana as a Private, 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in June 1861 and was promoted to Sergeant, Company C, to rank from May 31, 1861. Appointed Second Lieutenant in the same regiment effective May 1, 1862. On August 10, 1862, he resigned and was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the 81st Indiana Volunteer Infantry to rank from September 1, 1862. He fought with this regiment during the rest of Civil War and was engaged in the battle of Chickamauga. Promoted to First Lieutenant effective March 21, 1863, and to Captain on November 8, 1863. He participated in the demonstration before Rocky Faced Ridge, the battle of Resaca, the action near Kingston, the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, the action at Marietta and the siege of Atlanta. He was engaged in the battle of Jonesborough, the action at Lovejoy Station, the battle at Franklin and the battle of Nashville. Promoted to Major effective September 12, 1864. Mustered out of the volunteer service June 13, 1865.
Appointed Second Lieutenant, 7th United States Cavalry, to rank from September 24, 1867, and promoted to First Lieutenant May 10, 1870. On May 17, 1876, he departed with 7th Cavalry to participate in the Sioux expedition. From June 22 he commanded the pack train accompanying the 7th Cavalry and on June 25-26 he was in the hilltop fight on the Little Big Horn River. He returned to Fort Lincoln September 26. Engaged in the 1877 campaign against Chief Joseph's band of Nez Perce. Promoted to Captain to rank from September 30, 1877, after the Snake Creed fight near the Bear Paw Mountains.
On December 11, 1896, he retired with the rank of Major for disability incurred in the line of duty and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, retired, on April 23, 1904.
Died July 17, 1915 at Mercy Hospital, Denver, Colorado, in his 78th year.
Interred in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, Section 3, Grave 2089. Survived by his invalid wife, Meda Jones, and his daughter, Julia P. Mathey.
Edward Gustave Mathey of France Appointed from Indiana, First Sergeant, Company C, 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, 31 May 1861
Second Lieutenant, 1 May 1862 Resigned 10 August 1862
Second Lieutenant, 81st Indiana Volunteer Infantry, September 1862 First Lieutenant, 21 March 1863 Captain, 8 November 1863 Major, 12 September 1864 Honorably mustered out on 13 June 1865 Second Lieutenant, 7th U. S. Cavalry, 24 September 1867 First Lieutenant, 10 May 1870 Captain, 30 September 1877 Retired with the rank of Major, 11 December 1896
MATHEY, EDWARD G LT COL USA RET DATE OF DEATH: 07/17/1915 BURIED AT: SECTION SD WS SITE 2089 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
MATHEY, JULIA D/O EDWARD G DATE OF DEATH: 12/11/1946 BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH SITE 2089 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
MATHEY, MEDA J W/O EDW B DATE OF DEATH: 02/19/1917 BURIED AT: SECTION S DIV SITE 2089 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Post by Elisabeth 9Jun06:
From Robert Utley's Life in Custer's Cavalry (the Barnitz letters):
" 'Bible-thumper', Mathey was called in the 7th Cavalry because of his distinction as the 'star blasphemy-hurler of the regiment'. He explained this trait as the result of an early experience in France, where he was born on Oct. 27, 1837: his family forced him to study for the priesthood; in revolt he embraced agnosticism and fled to America. He served through the Civil War in Indiana volunteer regiments, emerging a major and veteran of fourteen major engagements, including Stones River, Chickamauga, Kennesaw, Atlanta, Franklin, and Nashville. Appointed a second lieutenant in the 7th Cavalry in 1867, he spent the next three decades in the regiment, until retired on disability with the rank of major in 1896. Afflicted with snow blindness on the eve of the Washita, Mathey took Captain Hamilton's place with the supply train, this freeing the latter to fight, and die, in the battle. At the Little Bighorn, too, Mathey had charge of the pack train. He does not seem to have been more than a mediocre officer but probably did not deserve Benteen's indictment: 'Of all the non-entities with which a troop of cavalry could be damned, head and front, Capt. E. G. M. fills the bill.' Mathey died in Denver on July 19, 1915, following a prostate operation."
Post by “rch,” 9Jun06:
In "With Custer's Cavalry" Katherine Gibson Fougera tells about the death of one of Benteen's children at Fort Rice while Benteen and Francis Gibson were away. Mrs. Benteen asked Mrs. Fougera's mother to line the pine box the child would be buried in order to make it look less "crude." Mrs. Gibson worked late lining the box with material from her wedding dress. Seeing a light from the Gibson quarters so late Mathey as Officer of the Day came to investigate. He stayed to help Mrs. Gibson and provided her with some white headed tacks. Just before dawn Mathey carried the box to the Benteen quarters.
1SG Ryan, John M. – b. West Newton, MA, 25Aug45; d. West Newton, MA, 14Oct1926. Gray eyes, auburn hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Parents from Tipperary, Ireland. Enlisted from 13Dec61 to 19Dec64 in 28th MA Inf. Wounded 3 times during Civil War. Enlisted from 30Jan65 to 16Jul65 in 61st MA Inf. Enlisted 23Nov66 in Seventh Cavalry. • In charge of burying GAC and his brother Tom. He was assisted by: ◊ PVT Harrison Davis (M) ◊ PVT Frank Neely (M) ◊ PVT James W. Severs (M) • Became a policeman in West Newton, MA, after leaving army on 21Dec76. • Married to Mary Jane O’Donnell on 13Oct81. • Children: John Edward, Helen Elizabeth, and Gertrude Anna. • Attended Seventh Cavalry reunion at Canandaigua, NY, on 21-22Aug1907, and dedication of Custer monument in Monroe, MI, 4Jun1910. • Buried in Section 7, Lot 673, Calvary Cemetery, Waltham, MA.
SGT Carey, Patrick (aka, Carney)—b. Tipperary, Ireland, 14Apr28; d. Washington, DC, 3Oct93. Gray eyes, gray hair, light complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted from 14Sep66 to 14Sep69, 36th Infantry. Enlisted 22Mar75. WIA in right hip; left behind on bottoms; came up later.
SGT McGlone, John—b. Sligo, Ireland, 1844; d. Washington, DC, 28Aug1920. Brown eyes, dark hair, ruddy complexion; 5’9 1/2” tall. Enlisted 18Dec72 in Philadelphia. Promoted to SGT 17Jun76. May have been also listed by another source as CPL McGlass, who carried company guidon.
SGT O’Harra, Miles F. (also seen spelled, O’Hara) – b. Alton, OH, Sep51. Light hair, gray eyes, ruddy complexion; 5’8 1/4” tall. Enlisted 30Oct72. Promoted to SGT only days before the campaign began. Possibly killed in woods, though more likely mortally wounded on the skirmish line. Hammer: shot in chest on the skirmish line; supposedly the first to die. Oddly enough, he was buried on Reno Hill. Smalley corrects Hammer’s edition and claims O’Harra died on Reno Hill (clearly not the first to die). A mortal wound in the valley, with death on the hill would explain his burial there. Liddic tells the story of PVT Pigford helping O’Harra to a place of safety after he was struck in the chest during the withdrawal from the skirmish line. During an archeological dig of the Reno-Benteen battlefield in 1958, the remains of 3 soldiers were unearthed. Almost 20 years later, a skull of one of them was sent for facial reconstruction and it perfectly matched a picture of O’Harra. KIA • Married, with 1 daughter.
From the LBHA Website:
Post by moharra on 11Jan07:
Just found this msg board, I am a descendant of Miles F. O'Harra, and have done some research. I have his school books and books given to him by his father John T. O'Harra who was a private in the civil war. My family is from Alton, Ohio and some (Asa O'Harra) still live on O'Harra road. Miles was the first man to be killed in battle at little bighorn. My father dropped an "r" in O'Harra but my birth certificate is still O'Harra with 2 "r's". Miles had 6 brothers and sisters, was the brother of my great grandfather George W. O'Harra, which makes Miles my great uncle.
SGT Weihe, Henry Charles (aka, White, Charles)—b. Saxony, 16Sep47; d. Ft Meade, SD, 23Oct1906. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’3 3/4” tall. Enlisted from 6Nov67 to 6Nov70, 17th Inf. Enlisted 8Mar71 in Seventh Cavalry; re-upped 8Mar76. Left behind in bottoms; came up to hill later; WIA in right arm. • Married Sarah Wells (d.23Oct87), widow of FAR Benj. Wells, killed at LBH, on 14Sep84. • Married Jennie W. Weihe, 29Jul89. • Homesteaded near Fort Meade, SD. • Resided in Sturgis for 28 years. • Buried in Post Cemetery, Fort Meade, as Charles White.
CPL Lalor, William—b. Queen’s County, Ireland, Jan 1839; d. after 1912. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8” tall. Enlisted from 22May66 to 22May69 in U.S. Engineers; enlisted 29Sep69 in Seventh Cavalry. Re-upped 29Sep75. Promoted to CPL 17Jun76. • Moved back to Ireland and resided in Knockannia, Montrath, Queen’s County, Ireland in 1912.
CPL Scollin (or Scullin; real name was Cody), Henry M. – b. Nashua, NH, 1851. Blue eyes, dark hair, medium complexion; 5’7” tall. Enlisted 24Sep73. Enlisted as Henry “Scollin” so his father would not know of it. Killed on bottoms during retreat; body found between timber and the river, badly mutilated, right leg severed from body. Scott says at foot of bluffs, which seems more accurate. Newell’s bunkmate. Smalley lists him as a PVT. KIA
CPL Stressinger (also Streing and Stringer), Frederick—b. Ripley County, IN, 24Jun52. Gray eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’5 1/4” tall. Enlisted 19Oct72. Killed at edge of timber. KIA
TMP Fischer, Charles—b. Breslau, Germany, 1844; d. some time after 1905. Gray eyes, dark brown hair, fair complexion; 5’4 1/2” tall. Third enlistment 14Sep75. Trumpeter. Retired from Second Cavalry on 30Oct1905, as 1SG. 1SG Ryan claims it was Fischer who aided LT Hodgson by having the lieutenant grab a stirrup while crossing the LBH, though Willert claims it was PVT William Morris. Willert quotes Morris [LBH Diary, p. 319], but PVT Slaper claims it was Fischer and PVT Davern claimed it was an M Company trumpeter. Fischer could have been Hodgson’s first attempt to grab hold. • Employed by Walter Sterland in his boarding house in Bismarck.
TMP Weaver, Henry C. – b. Philadelphia, PA, 1842; d. unknown. Gray eyes, dark hair, ruddy complexion; 5’4 3/4” tall. Second enlistment 1May75. Trumpeter.
SAD Donahoe, John (Jack)—b. Galway, Ireland, 1848; d. 16Dec1905. Hazel eyes, brown hair, light complexion; 5’3” tall. Second enlistment 20Oct71.
PVT Bates, Joseph (aka, Joseph C. Murphy)—b. Providence, RI, 1837; d. Sturgis, SD, 13Sep93. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’10” tall. Mustered in as Murphy, 27Oct63, First MA Cavalry. Appointed 1SG, then CPT on 6Jan64. Discharged 26Jun65; reenlisted 26Mar66, Seventh Cavalry. Discharged 27Mar69, reenlisted 18Jul70. • Committed suicide, despondency; buried in Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.
PVT Braun (also Baum and Brunn), Frank—b. Berne, Switzerland, 1848; d. FAL, 4Oct76. Hazel eyes, fair hair, fair complexion; 5’6 1/4” tall. Enlisted 23Sep75. Wounded on 25Jun on Reno Hill in the face and left thigh; died 4Oct76 at Fort Lincoln. Buried in the post cemetery, but when the fort was closed, his body was exhumed and re-buried in Custer Battlefield National Cemetery. DOW
PVT Cain, Morris (Maurice)—b. Barkersville, MA, 1853; d. Colville, WA, 13Aug1906. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’7” tall. Enlisted 16Sep75.
PVT Darcy, James Wilber (aka, James Wilber)—b. Baltimore, MD, 1849 (death certificate lists birthplace as Ireland); d. Washington, D. C., 13Jul1920. Hazel eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’8 3/4” tall. Served in US Navy; enlisted 8Sep75. WIA on Reno Hill or while with the water party on 26Jun. Partially paralyzed. Discharged 1Nov76 for disability.
PVT Davis, Henry Harrison—b. Bellvernon, VA, 20Jan46; d. 1905 (?) Brown eyes, sandy hair, fair complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Enlisted from 13Jul64 to 9Nov64, 193rd PA Volunteers; enlisted 2Feb65 to 1Jul65; enlisted 21Dec66 to 21Dec71, then on 21Dec71 in Seventh Cavalry. Helped bury the Custers. • Resided near Standing Rock Agency. • Ferdinand Widmayer, a fellow M Company trooper, told Walter Camp that Davis froze to death about 1905. •Illiterate.
PVT Gallenne, Jean Baptiste Desire—b. Lorient, France, 1849; d. Washington, DC, 12Feb1911. Blue eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’5 1/4” tall. Enlisted 30Sep73. Lost his left leg in the Snake Creek fight against Chief Joseph and the Nez Percé, 30Sep77. • Wife Josephine; children: Amainthe, Gabrielle, Eugenie, Isabell J., Jean H., and Louise. • Resided at 814 6th Street, NE, Washington, D. C., for 19 years. • Buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, DC.
PVT Gebhart, Jacob Henry (aka, James J. Tanner)—b. Altoona, PA, 1849. Brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion; 5’7 3/4” tall. Enlisted 18Sep75. Wounded in the Benteen hill-charge; died 27Jun in field hospital on Reno Hill. Buried in same grave as Voight. KIA
PVT Golden, Bernard—b. Cavan, Ireland, 1842; d. unknown. Gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’7” tall. Second enlistment 5Oct75.
PVT Gordon, Henry—b. Chatham, England, 1851. Brown eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’6” tall. Enlisted 5Dec72 in Boston. Killed on his way up the bluffs, at foot of bluffs. Shot in the neck. KIA
PVT Heid, George (also listed as Larry Heid)—b. Bavaria, 1842; d. Fort Totten, D.T., 1Feb87. Gray eyes, dark hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 1/4” tall. Second enlistment 17Jun70. • Buried at Custer Battlefield Nat’l Cemetery.
PVT Kavanaugh, Charles—b. Pittsburgh, PA, 1840 (1880 census of Ft Meade lists birthplace as NY); d. Washington, DC, 14Feb86. Gray eyes, fair hair, dark complexion; 5’8 3/4” tall. Enlisted 7Aug67, 7th Cavalry. Discharged 7Aug72. Re-enlisted 13Sep75 in NYC.
PVT Klotzbucher, Henry—b. Baden, Germany, 1848. Brown eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 1/2” tall. Enlisted 4Oct73. CPT French’s striker. Killed on bottoms, maybe within the timber while mounting; stomach wound. Like Lorentz, the Cheyenne warriors Turkey Leg, Crooked Nose, and Old Man, may have hit him. KIA
PVT Lorentz, George—b. Holstein, Germany, 1851. Gray eyes, dark brown hair, fair complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted 13Nov72. Killed in woods; shot in the back of the neck and chest, possibly by the Cheyenne warriors Turkey Leg, Crooked Nose, and Old Man. Assigned as French’s orderly. KIA
PVT Mahoney, Daniel—b. Cork, Ireland, 1852; d. Washington, DC, 7Aug85. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’9 1/4” tall. Enlisted 8Sep75 in Boston.
PVT Meier, John H. “Snopsy” (aka, Solomon August, Solomon Angst)—b. Hanover, Germany, 26Jan46; d. Washougal, WA, 12Jul1917. Blue eyes, red hair, light complexion; 5’5” tall. Enlisted 6Sep66, 7th Cavalry. Deserted with no record of apprehension. Enlisted 3Sep73. WIA in back of neck.
PVT Meyer, William D. (also seen spelled, Myer; nicknamed “Tinker Bill”)—b. Pittsburgh, PA, May53. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’9 1/2” tall. Enlisted 16Dec75. Killed on his way up the bluffs at the foot of the bluffs, near Clear. Shot in the eye and badly mutilated, though 1SG Ryan claims Meyer was killed (along with Dr DeWolf, Gordon of M, and Clair [Clear] of K) under troopers’ guns from the hill and so none of them were scalped. KIA
PVT Moore, Hugh N. – b. Dorchester County, MD, 1843; d. Washington, DC, 3Sep1900. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 24Oct72.
PVT Morris, William Ephraim—b. Boston, MA, 1May54 (it looks like the year should be 1858); d. NYC, 26Nov1933. Brown eyes, auburn hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 22Sep75 in Boston. WIA in left breast while climbing the bluffs. Fractured a bone in his forearm in 1877 in a drunken brawl and was discharged as a “private of worthless character.” Became a lawyer and judge in the Bronx (21 years, 2nd District, Bronx). According to Willert, it was Morris who tried to save LT Hodgson by having Hodgson grab onto Morris’ stirrup [LBH Diary, p. 319], though he also quotes Slaper as claiming it was TMP Fischer and Davern saying an M Company trumpeter. • Married Arah Abbie, 7Dec79. One child: William E., Jr. • Attended 50th anniversary celebration of the LBH fight, 25Jun1926. • Resided at 69 Park Row, NYC, and 2780 Pond Place, Bronx. • Appointed CPT, Company E, 69th Infantry, NYARNG. • Buried in Grave 1, Lot 7471, Section 178, Kensico Cemetery.
• From Barbara Morris, 27Mar2007: “As far as the family knows, the 1854 [birth] date is wrong. He lied about his age so he could enlist along with his half brother, Bryan Tarbox. I have the obit from the newspaper which says he was 72 at the time of his death. I have a copy of his death certificate which says he was 75.” • “Family legend, if you will, says that he was 14 when he enlisted. I just have to prove it somehow or find the right birth date. I have a photo of the grave marker but it is not very clear and I don't know if anything is on the other side.”
PVT Neely, Frank—b. Collinsville, OH, 1850; d. unknown. Gray eyes, light hair, fair complexion; 5’10” tall. Enlisted 8Apr71. Helped bury the Custers. • Resided near Ft Grant, A.T. after 1890; in SF, CA in 1902; and near Sheridan, WY, about 1904.
PVT Newell, Daniel J. – b. Ballinlough, County Rascommon, Ireland, 17Mar47; d. Hot Springs, SD, 23Sep1933. Gray eyes, brown hair, dark complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 8Oct73. WIA in left thigh at the beginning of the retreat from the valley fight; Scollin’s bunkmate. • Married Mary M. Harlow, 9Jul82. • Buried in Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.
PVT Pigford, Edward D. – b. West Elizabeth, PA, 11Jun56; d. Lock Three, PA, 16Dec1932. Gray eyes, auburn hair, light complexion; 5’6 3/4” tall. Enlisted 13Sep75. Claimed to have been WIA in right hip in retreat from valley fight and again on the 26th in the right forearm while on Reno Hill. According to Bruce Liddic, Pigford related a fantastic story about riding—on CPT French’s orders—with 2 other troopers (whose names he conveniently forgot) to the Calhoun Hill vicinity where he watched the final butchering of Calhoun’s command. This, to the Washington Observer in October 1932. [Liddic, Vanishing Victory, p. 133] • Married Frances Brown (d.1880); married Phoebe Haire in 1882. • Children from 2nd marriage: Joseph, Charley, and Sadie.
PVT Rutten, Roman (aka, Roman Ruttenauer; also listed as Rutler, Rullin, and Bolten)—b. Baden, Germany, 13Aug46; d. Leavenworth, KS, 16Apr1925. Brown eyes, light brown hair, ruddy complexion; 5’6 1/4” tall. Enlisted from 7Nov66 to 7Nov71 in 8th Cavalry. Enlisted in Seventh Cavalry 17Jul72. WIA in right shoulder. A tailor in civilian life. • Wife named Kate (Catherine), from PA; children were: Emma, Anna, Amor, Rudolph, Verena, and Killian. • Buried in Ft Leavenworth National Cemetery.
PVT Ryder, Hobart—b. NYC, 1846; d. Wheeling, WV. Gray eyes, dark brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/2” tall. Enlisted 15Sep73. In both the valley and hilltop fights. • Roman Rutten told Walter Camp that Ryder committed suicide in Wheeling.
PVT Rye, William W. – b. Pike County, GA, 1849; d. unknown. Gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Enlisted 9Oct75.
PVT Seamans, John—b. New London, NH, Jan 1854; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’9” tall. Enlisted 21Sep75.
PVT Senn, Robert—b. Zurich, Switzerland, 1848; d. unknown. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’7 1/4” tall. Enlisted 23Sep75.
PVT Severs, James W. – b. Wayne County, NY, Oct 1851; d. Rock Springs, WY, 1912 (?). Blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion; 5’5 3/4” tall. Enlisted 12Nov72. Helped bury Custers. • Illiterate. • Never married.
PVT Sivertson, John (nicknamed “Big Fritz”; also spelled Sievertsen and Seivertsen)—b. Jensen, Norway, 10Dec41; d. Washington, DC, 30Aug1925. Blue eyes, sandy hair, fair complexion; 5’10 or 11” tall. Enlisted 19Jun73. Served in Yellowstone and Black Hills expeditions, as well as Nez Percé campaign of 1877. Left behind in timber in valley fight. Rejoined Reno with DeRudio.
SOLDIER FOUND BY JASON PITCH Post by Montana Bab on Feb 28, 2007, 8:08pm
Can anyone tell me if there is any information about the soldier's remains that were found in 1996 on the Jason Pitch property? I've read that about a hundred yards from those remains, an almost complete skeleton of a 7th cavalry horse with saddlebags was found.
Post by d o harris on 3/3/07 at 3:03am
The horse, discovered in 1994, was ridden into battle by John Sievertsen of company M, and he survived the battle. That it was his horse was established by personal items bearing his initials found in the intact saddle bags. Also discovered in the saddlebags were 50 rounds of 45-70 ammunition, which makes it a little difficult for those who insist the 7th carried only 45-55 rounds.
Post by harpskiddie on 3/3/07 at 10:27am
The horse relics found "in an almost perfect line of about 25 feet" were identified by Jason Pitsch as having been from Sivertsen's horse. Sivertsen himself told Walter Camp that he retrieved his horse, unhurt, from the timber after the battle. The horse skull contained a .44 bullet. According to Sandy Barnard's article [Greasy Grass May 1996] the "discoveries included: various saddle parts; an 1874 mess kit; an 1872 spoon, knife and fork; an 1874 tin cup; a canteen; a curry comb; spectacles; a harmonica; and about 50 rounds of .45/55 caliber cartridges, .45 colt and .45 Schofield ammunition."
Pitsch and Glen Swanson tied the horse's remains and gear to Sivertsen because according to Pitsch: "It was in finding the bones that I came across the toothbrush. It had the initials J.S. on it, which is one of the ways we tied it to him." There were, however, four other men with the same initials who fought in the valley. Three of them survived the valley and hilltop fights [John Seamans, James Severs, John Small]. The other, John Sullivan was killed near the river on the retreat. Pitsch and Swanson thought that the spectacles likely belonged to one of the older men, Sivertsen or Small, and also zeroed in on Sivertsen because some of the items discovered were such as a farrier might carry [hammer, bag of nails, 2 horseshoes] and Sivertsen had been a blacksmith previously.
Against this there is Sivertsen's statement that he recovered his horse. The article contains a map and photos [including the cartridges, which do appear to be .45/55s] as well as other information.
PVT Slaper, William C. – b. Cincinnati, OH, 23Nov54; d. Sawtelle, CA, 13Nov1931. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; 5’8 1/2” tall. Enlisted 10Sep75. • Wife was named Sarah, but no children. • Buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery.