Post by Lt. Godfrey on Jan 29, 2013 21:35:10 GMT -5
Greetings all, I was lucky enough to purchase a document from the 7th Cav dated 22 months after the BLBH. Col. Elmer Otis had taken over the 7th Cav and had signed this document. Even though Otis is a great signature to have, the real reason I got it is because it is also signed by a soldier involved in the BLBH. Private John Keller was in Company D under Capt. Weir at the time of LBH. Keller remained in the 7th but 22 months later was in Company L of the 7th. He was active on the muster rolls during BLBH and the only info I can find on him below states he was in "In hilltop fight". My question is, can someone help me pin down "hilltop fight" a bit more and does anyone have anymore info on Pvt. Keller? I suppose the "hilltop fight" refers to Benteen and Reno holding off the Sioux till they left? I think its great having a signature of a LBH soldier who served under Capt. Weir who basically told Benteen and Reno to screw themselves, he was going after Custer. I'm assuming Keller was right there with him. I can find just one John Keller that served with the 7th Cav during these dates so I'm assuming it must be the Keller that was at the BLBH. Thanks!
Name: Keller, John J. Birth: 1846, Lancaster, Tennessee Prior Occupation: Soldier 7th Enlistment: 19 October 1873 Rank/Company: Private, Company D Role During Battle: In hilltop fight Death: 8 February 1913, Butte, Montana Burial: Unknown
Post by Lt. Godfrey on Feb 13, 2013 14:13:11 GMT -5
Found a bit more info from Biographies of the 7th Cav
Born in Lancaster, Tennessee. Second enlistment on October 19th, 1873 at age 27 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota by Lieut. Henry Nowlan. Discharged on October 19th, 1878, at Helena Montana Territory upon expiration of service as a Private. He had blue eyes, dark hair, ruddy complexion and was 5'-6 3/4 inches in height. In 1908 he resided at 36 E. Cutler, St. Helena Montana
So he left the service a few months after sigining the document that I have in my collection. I think it's great he was in Capt. Weir's troop. I can pretty much guess that he went with Weir to help Custer. He was not listed as receiving an injury during the battle.