"A soldier named Pim, who had been company cook for many years, went on a spree. His sweetheart worked for one of the officers, and of course, a private wasn't allowed in the officer's coach [on a train movement]; but this time Pim tried to force his way past the Negro porter. Lieutenant Hodgson came out, and then the brawl began.
"Hodgson said, 'I'm going to draw some of your English blood if you don't get back to your quarters!' That just made matters worse. Pim replied, 'I'm going to make you shoot me,' and he commenced to tear his shirt off. Then the commanding officer came out, called the guards, and they set Pim down in a seat right in front of mine.
"But Pim wasn't conquered yet. He kept on swearing so long that the commanding officer put a wooden gag in his mouth, but I could still hear that he kept on trying to swear. In the morning, his tongue was so thick it completely filled his mouth.
"I heard Pim say that he was going to kill Hodgson if the Indians didn't beat him to it; and I wouldn't be surprised if he did, because Hodgson was killed just as his horse had crossed a river in Montana, and Pim was out in deep water just behind him. Pim never denied that he shot Hodgson, either; but, you know they never did anything to Pim for that. That man Pim was just never conquered."
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This story is problematic, as Pvt. Pym was a member of Co. B and was presumeably with the pack train, not with Reno's Battalion on June 25th, 1876. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for volunteering to procure water for the wounded under heavy fire during the Little Big Horn Battle. Here is another view of Pvt. Pym as described by Neal Clark in the Feb. 1927 issue of The American Magazine, and published in Ron Nichols' book Men With Custer:
"... Jim Pym seemed to us ... very unassertive, quiet and ordinary. To show you the kind he was, I once saw another man pull a gun on him in front of my shop. He took the gun out of the fellow's hand, tossed it away, knocked his assailant down, kicked him, and told him to leave town and not show his face again. The fellow left. Jim and Mrs. Pym, as we knew her, lived in a little log shack near Bill Reece's dance hall. Jim was mighty good to her. One day, a younger man was visiting.... Unexpectedly Jim came on the scene. What was the younger fellow to expect, caught like that, from a man like Jim Pym? Certainly, he looked for no mercy; doubtless he felt he would be killed like a rat. So he pulled out his own gun without a word, and shot Jim dead...."
If Pvt. Pym did shoot down Lt. Hodgson during Reno's retreat from the valley, his karma caught up with him on Nov. 29, 1893.
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