Pvt Andrew J. Moore

Birth
New Egypt, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Death 26 Jun 1876 (aged 22)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Rifle line on Reno Hill
Memorial ID 12834398 · View Source
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Private, Company G, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. He was killed during the second day of the three day Battle of the Little Big Horn.

He enlisted on January 23, 1872, at age 21, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He gave his previous occupation as Carpenter. He had blue eyes, dark hair, a fair complexion, and was 5 feet 8 inches tall. His mother, Anne, received a pension of $8 per month. During the battle, his company was part of Reno's column, and made the attack into the valley. After Reno's column retreated to Reno's Hill, where they prepared for a last stand, he was reported missing from the valley retreat. He had hidden in a nearby timber stand, then with two other men, made a quick dash up the hill and into the perimeter formed by his unit. From the book "With the Seventh Cavalry in 1876", page 32: "One of our own men, gallant, likeable Andy Moore was shot through the stomach and was carried hastily to the hospital, apparently suffering intensely, but when the overworked surgeon hurried over to examine his wounds, he feebly tried to wave him away, saying 'Never mind me, Doc. I've got mine. Patch up some of the fellows that have a chance to live.' A few minutes later he passed over the divide and was carried out of sight of the living and covered with a bit of canvas until an opportunity came to move a few of the horses and dig a shallow grave on the picket line, where we laid his mangled body, covering it as well as we could and packing down the hard soil, then replacing the horses, and in ten minutes neither Indian or coyote could have told that a human body rested there...". Author's note: the practice of hiding a human grave was common when the possibility of the Indians finding it was likely. This was done to keep the Indians from digging up the body and mutilating the remains, a common Indian practice - the Indians believed that mutilating an enemy's body would make that person be mutilated in the afterlife.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 31 Dec 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12834398
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Andrew J. Moore (26 Feb 1854–26 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12834398, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .