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Pvt Ami Cheever

Pvt Ami Cheever

Birth
Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 27)
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 16171007 · View Source
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Pvt Cheever enlisted into the US Army on July 30, 1866 in Pittsburgh PA. He was described as 5'8", grey eyes, brown hair with a fair complexion. His listed civilian occupation was laborer.

Cheever was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 11th US Infantry. His enlistment expired on July 30, 1869. On September 21, 1872, Cheever reenlisted at Harrisburg, PA. When Cheever reenlisted, he listed his prior civilian occupation as farmer. He was assigned to L Company, 7th US Cavalry. L Company was commanded by Lt James Calhoun, who was the brother in law of LTC George Armstrong Custer.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company L was attached to LTC Custer's battalion. Cheever was killed sometime during the fighting.

After the battle most of Company L was found on or near Calhoun Hill & Calhoun Ridge.

Cheever's unidentified remains were likely first buried, where they were found on the battlefield. In 1881, all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

Just before Cheever departed on the campaign that would tragically end for him at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he sent his mother $100 & a letter saying he had planned on coming home that spring for a visit, but instead he was going to put it off until after the campaign.

On March 24, 1897, Cheever's mother was awarded an army suvivior's pension.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16171007
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Ami Cheever (26 May 1849–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16171007, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .