Sgt Robert H Hughes

Sgt Robert H Hughes

Birth
County Dublin, Ireland
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 35–36)
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 16170900 · View Source
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Regimental Color Sgt Hughes enlisted into the army at Cincinnati OH on September 17, 1868. He was described as 5'9", brown hair, blue eyes & a fair complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On November 10, 1868, Hughes reported for duty at Camp Sandy KS & was assigned to Company I, 7th US Cavalry. Company I was commanded by Capt Myles Keogh. At the completion of his enlistment on September 17, 1873, Hughes was discharged. He reenlisted on October 1, 1873, & was assigned to Company K, 7th US Cavalry.

During his second enlistment, Hughes became the standard bearer for LTC George Armstrong Custer's personal battle flag.

There were reports that a few days before the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Hughes had stuck the staff of Custer's flag into ground. When a sudden breeze came up, the flag fell rearward towards where the 7th had just marched from. Lt George Wallace, who saw the flag fall & was known to be superstitious, commented to fellow officers that it was a bad omen.

Hughes was last seen alive by members of Major Marcus Reno's command at the beginning of the Valley Fight. He could been seen on a ridge above them holding the flag.

Two days after the battle, Hughes' body was found at the bottom of Last Stand Hill & near the remains of the scout, Mitch Boyer. Hughes was likely first buried where he had been found.

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

Hughes was survived by his wife & 3 children. His wife was awarded a widow's pension on August 7, 1877.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16170900
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Robert H Hughes (1840–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16170900, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .