Pvt August Meyer

Birth
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 28–29)
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 12847845 · View Source
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Private, Company C, 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 October 11, 1875, at age 28, in Cincinnati, Ohio, giving his previous occupation as Teamster. He had blue eyes, brown hair, a dark complexion, and was 5 feet, 6 inches tall. At the beginning of the battle, his company, under Captain Thomas Custer, was assigned to the main Custer Column, and he rode with that column to attack the Indian village from the north. When the column was overwhelmed, they retreated back up to the top of Last Stand Hill where they were wiped out. After the battle, the dead soldiers were buried where they fell, and a year later, the bodies were dug up and reburied in a mass grave, at the top of Last Stand Hill. In accordance with Indian custom, the bodies were stripped of clothing and were mutilated, often with their skulls bashed in.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 2 Jan 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12847845
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt August Meyer (1847–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12847845, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .