Sergeant, Troop H, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. From the Sturgis Register: April 7, 1884, Alexander Brown, late Sergeant of Troop H, 7th US Cavalry, died at 1 o'clock pm at the hospital of locomotor atax (inability to coordinate muscular movements). Sergeant Brown was discharged with a view of entering the National Soldier Home at Washington DC, but being unable to travel, was kept in the hospital where he died on the 7 instant.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he emigrated to the United States, and enlisted into the US Army, to serve in the 7th Cavalry, enlisting in 1867. He had a second enlistment on December 13, 1871, in Spartanburg, SC by Lieutenant Donald McIntosh, and was discharged on December 13, 1876 at Fort Abraham Lincoln upon expiration of his term of service, reenlisting that very same day. In 1876, he participated in the Sioux Expedition, where he was a Sergeant in Company G, 7th Cavalry, and during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he was assigned to the Pack Train escort, accompanying the Battalion commanded by Captain Benteen. They returned on General Custer's order, to arrive at the hilltop position commanded by Major Reno, where they stopped on Major Reno's order. They were almost immediately engaged in battle with the Sioux for the next two days, finally relieved by General Terry's troops. Approximately 60 percent of the 7th Cavalry was killed in the battle. After the battle, he found the diary of Custer Scout Charlie Reynolds, and eventually gave it to the Minnesota Historical Society, where it is today. Despite this major loss of life, he reenlisted again for the 7th Cavalry on December 13, 1881. He had hazel eyes, black hair, a dark complexion, and was 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches tall.