Pvt William D. Meyer

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 26)
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 12847736 · View Source
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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.



  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 2 Jan 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12847736
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William D. Meyer (May 1850–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12847736, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .