Pvt John Brightfield

Pvt John Brightfield

Birth
Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 23)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
Memorial ID 16164992 · View Source
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Pvt Brightfield was described as 5'9", brown eyes and hair with a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was cabinet maker. He enlisted into the army for five years on October 7, 1875 in Cincinnati OH.

Brightfield reported for duty at Ft Lincoln, Dakota Territory on October 21, 1875 & was assigned to Company C, 7th US Cavalry. Company C was commanded by Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was a two time Medal of Honor recipient & the brother of LTC George Armstrong Custer. His daily duties were listed as regimental headquarters and fatigue duty.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company C was attached to LTC Custer's Battalion. Brightfield was killed sometime during the fighting.

Brightfield's body was not identified. It is likely that his unidentified remains were buried where they had been found on the battlefield.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

On September 18, 1876, Brightfield's mother was awarded a survivor's pension.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 13 Oct 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16164992
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Brightfield (23 Jun 1853–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16164992, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .