|Birth: ||May, 1850|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1876|
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Private, Company M, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. He was killed, along with General George A. Custer and most of the regiment, during the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
He enlisted on December 16, 1872, at age 22, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, giving his previous occupation as Laborer. He had blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion, and was 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. His nickname was "Tinker Bill." During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, his company was assigned to Reno's column, and made the initial attack into the river valley. During the retreat from the valley back up to the hills, he was killed by a shot in the eye while he was climbing up the bluffs. From the book, "Indian Fights and Fighters" by William Brady: "In scaling the bluffs, Dr. DeWolf, a contract surgeon of the expedition was killed; also Sergeant Clair of Company K, William D. Meyer, a farrier of Company M, and Henry Gordon of the same company. Their bodies, with a number of others, lay under our guns, so that the Indians did not get the chance to scalp them. (from John Ryan in The Billings Gazette, June 25, 1923)." After the battle, the dead soldiers were buried where they fell, and a year later, the bodies were dug up and reburied in the Mass Grave on top of Last Stand Hill.
Custer National Cemetery
Big Horn County
Plot: Mass Grave on Last Stand Hill
Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: Jan 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 12847736
In honor of all who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn: May God grant you eternal peace. www.littlebighorn.info|
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