Sgt Lemuel Edwin Bobo

Sgt Lemuel Edwin Bobo

Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 30–31)
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 16165350 · View Source
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1st Sgt Bobo enlisted into the army on December 27, 1867, in New York NY. He was described as 5'6" tall, brown hair, hazel eyes with a fair complexion. His civilian occupation was listed as clerk.

On February 5, 1868, Bobo was assigned to Company C, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Leavenworth, KS. Company C was commanded by two time Medal of Honor recipient, Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was also the brother of LTC George Armstrong Custer. Bobo eventually achieved the status of becoming one of the regiment's most senior sergeants. He also participated at the Battle of the Washita.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Bobo was the 1st Sergeant of Company C. Capt Custer, who was still the commanding officer, had been assigned as an aide to his brother, LTC Custer. In Capt Custer's absence, the inexperienced Lt Henry Harrington took command. Bobo was killed sometime during the fighting.

After the battle, Bobo's remains were not found with the other bodies from Company C. Instead his body was found near the remains of Capt Myles Keogh's. Capt Keogh had been the commanding officer of Company I.

On the day of the battle, Capt Keogh was in command of the right wing of Custer's battalion. Company C & Company I were part of the right wing.

Sgt Bobo was initially buried where he had been found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.

Sgt Bobo was survived by his wife & two children. On April 12, 1877, Sgt Daniel Kanipe, also a member of the 7th Cavalry and survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, married Bobo's widow. Bobo & Kanipe had been close friends. On April 14, 1879, his widow was awarded a survivor's pension.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Lemuel Edwin Bobo (1845–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16165350, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .