PVT Benjamin Brandon

PVT Benjamin Brandon

Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 44–45)
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 16166025 · View Source
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Pvt Brandon was described as 5'6', grey eyes, dark hair with a ruddy complexion. His civilian occupation was listed as carpenter. He enlisted on July 21, 1855 at St Louis MO.

Prior to the Civil War, Brandon served at various posts in Texas. During the Civil War he served with Company K, 9th Connecticut Infantry,

On November 16, 1873, he was listed as a deserter. On January 31, 1874, he was restored to duty, without a trial, under the condition he serve out the remainder of his enlistment with the 7th Cavalry. Brandon was assigned duties as a ferrier for Company F.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company F was attached to LTC George Armstrong Custer's battalion. Brandon was killed sometime during the fighting.

After the battle many soldiers from Company F and their sorrel colored horses were found on or near Last Stand Hill. Some of their horses appeared to have been shot by soldiers & used as last ditch barricades.

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

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

During one of Brandon's many enlistments, he used the alias of Robert Nelson in 1866.



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  • Added: 13 Oct 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Benjamin Brandon (1831–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16166025, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .