Pvt John Edward Mitchell

County Galway, Ireland
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 33–34)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Mass Grave on Last Stand Hill
Memorial ID 12834828 · View Source
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Private, Company I, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. He was killed, along with General George A. Custer and most of his unit, at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

He enlisted on September 14, 1866, in Company I, 7th US Cavalry, and was discharged on September 14, 1871, upon expiration of his term of service, as a Sergeant. He reenlisted the same day, in Bagdad, Kentucky. He had blue eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion, and was 5 feet, 6 1/4 inches tall. He married Catherine Agnes Clemens on April 28, 1872, in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Their marriage certificate lists her name as Kate Hughes, the surname of her stepfather. They had two children: Anna (born December 9, 1874), and Catherine (born October 25, 1876). During the 1876 Sioux Campaign, his company was assigned to the Reno column, and he crossed the river with Major Reno. Just prior to Reno's attack on the Indians, Reno dispatched Mitchell to carry a message to Custer, then remain with Custer's column, where he was killed. He was killed in the afternoon of the first day of the three day battle. After the battle, the dead soldiers were buried where they had fallen, and a year later, the bodies were dug up and reburied in a mass grave at the top of Last Stand Hill.



  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 31 Dec 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12834828
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Edward Mitchell (1842–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12834828, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .