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Pvt John Brightfield
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1853
Dearborn County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1876
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Montana, USA

Pvt Brightfield was described as 5'9", brown eyes and hair with a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was cabinet maker. He enlisted into the army for five years on October 7, 1875 in Cincinnati OH.

He arrived at Ft Lincoln, Dakota Territory on October 21, 1875 and was assigned to C Company, 7th Cavalry. C Company was commanded by Capt Tom Custer, LTC Custer's brother. His daily duties were listed as regimental headquarters and fatigue duty.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn C Company was attached to LTC Custer's Battalion. Brightfield was killed during the battle. His body was not identified. It is likely that his remains were buried on the battlefield where they had been found.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

On September 18, 1876, Brightfield's mother was awarded a pension for his service. 
 
Burial:
Little Big Horn Battlefield
Crow Agency
Big Horn County
Montana, USA
Plot: Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
 
Created by: Randy
Record added: Oct 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16164992
Pvt John Brightfield
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Pvt John Brightfield
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Pvt John Brightfield
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Rest in Peace.
- Elsie Celestino
 Added: Jun. 30, 2013
Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as he understood it. He suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died. Rest in peace, Private Brightfield.
- Don J
 Added: Jul. 22, 2012

- John Vincent "VINCE" Powers
 Added: Dec. 10, 2010
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