This trooper served in Co. F and was killed on June 25. The question I have about him is this sentence in the official final statement from the company commander (in this case, it was Bell): "Body recovered June 28, '76 & buried one mile from field of battle."
If I remember correctly, the majority of Co. F was found at Last Stand Hill. Without a map handy, can someone else scribe a circle a mile from LSH and give us an idea where he may have been found? I'm wondering if he was a messenger, an escapee, or one whose horse ended up charging into the village. Or even, perhaps he was the soldier who shot himself while escaping. Of even more importance, I wonder if his body was ever recovered?
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P.P.S. Add James R. Manning, Co. F. to the above with the same statement.
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I think this is unique to Co. F. After finding Manning, I started to look at the Co. F members and all I have looked at so far, 5, state that they were buried one mile from the field of battle. Assuming this holds up, how far from Last Stand Hill is Calhoun Hill? I'm just thinking it pretty ironic if the War Department considered Calhoun Hill the epicenter of the battle.
Another noteworthy thing about these guys in Co. F. Of the 10 I've checked so far, all owed money to the sutler for tobacco. And yes, the new ones still state that they were buried one mile from the field of battle.
Clair, many thanks! Britt, where is Greasy Grass Hill? I'm lying on the couch watching the CNN Heroes special and don't want to go to the cellar and find a map. Amazing people featured on this special!
The circle shows that LSH is almost a mile from Calhoun as well as including the Cemetery Ridge/Ford D complex.
Greasy Grass Hill is the firsrt rise along the bluffs as you go north along the river from Ford B and/or the mouths of MTC and Deep Coulee. The beginning of the long set of bluffs that we call Greasy Grass Ridge when they get close to Calhoun Hill. Thompson and/or Kanipe identified the spot for Camp. I forget who it was that spotted the bodies there in 1877, Michael Sheridan maybe or else it was Grant.
It was Fred Grant and Fred Server who claimed to have discovered body locations on Greasy Grass Hill, but I doubt they were the missing F Co troopers. I don't think that troopers like Foley and Butler were ever described as being buried a mile from the battlefield, and Greasy Grass Hill is only a stone's throw away from them.
A better area to focus on were reports that some trooper bodies were found in Custer Creek, which is the deep coulee a distance northeast running right across Route 212 and running on behind Putt's place. I am not sure where the source of these rumors came from, but remember being told of them by Park Ranger and author Mike Donahue. That's the area where a few remnants of F Co troopers may have attempted to make their escape about a mile from the battlefield imo.
OK, I just finished going through the final statements for all the killed of Co. F. To summarize, there were 36 men of that company listed as KIA at LBH. Of the 36, only one man, Lucian Burnham, did not have the "body recovered....and buried one mile from field of battle..." statement in the final statement. Also, only one man, William Gardner/Gardener did not owe the sutler money for tobacco.
The thoughts from the other board support my own conclusion, i.e., that whoever gave Capt. Bell his information about the dead so that he could fill out the final statements had concluded that the action had centered at the Calhoun Hill complex and moved north. That is, as Brittles pointed out, more valid since the men who may have recognized the dead were moving from the Reno area south to north. The straight line distance, per Fred, between Calhoun Hill to Last Stand Hill is about three quarters of a mile. Allowing for actual land travel, the mile distance in the final statement is still valid in my opinion.
As far as tobacco use, I have simply used the amount on the final statement which states under the heading, DUE UNITED STATES: For tobacco ___________ /100 dollars. Whether they individually used tobacco or purchased it from the sutler under their name for a friend is unknown.
Also, I didn't think of this until too far through the Co. F men, but has anyone compiled a list of laundresses of the Seventh? The bulk of the men of the regiment died owing money to the laundresses and that information is reflected on the final statement too.
Ray, any idea why the inventories are not included with the final statements?
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