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Pvt Thomas E. Meador

Pvt Thomas E. Meador

Birth
Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Jun 1876 (aged 24–25)
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 12924516 · View Source
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Private, Company H, 7th US Cavalry Regiment. He was killed, along with General George A. Custer and most of the regiment, during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

The son of John W. and Eliza Meador, he enlisted on January 19, 1872 at the age of 23, in Lexington, Kentucky, giving his previous occupation as farmer. He had brown eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion, and was 5 feet, 5 1/4 inches tall. In a letter dated March 25, 1876, to his sister, he indicated that he intended to return home at the completion of his enlistment and the end of the 1876 campaign. He never made it back home. During the battle, his company was assigned to Captain Benteen's column, and they joined with Reno's column for a defensive position on top of Reno's Hill, where they fought off the Indians for two days and nights. He was killed while laying next to Private Charles Windolph, during the hilltop fight. His mother, Eliza, received a pension of $8 per month for the remainder of her life, dying on September 11, 1889.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 7 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12924516
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Thomas E. Meador (1851–26 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12924516, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .