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Pvt John Darris

Pvt John Darris

Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 29–30)
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 16174872 · View Source
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Darris enlisted on August 27, 1861 with the 1st New Jersey Cavalry Regiment. Between June 2, 1862 to April 17, 1863, he was reported as being a deserter. And from August 18, 1863 to November 12, 1863, Darris was in a military hospital due to injuries recieved from falling off of a horse. He was discharged from volunteer service on May 31, 1865.

On September 9, 1875, Darris enlisted into the regular army at Cincinnati OH. His listed civilian occupation was fireman. Darris was described as 5'6", blue eyes, brown hair with a dark complexion.

On October 29, 1875, Darris reported for duty at Ft Totten, Dakota Territory & was assigned to Company E.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company E was attached to LTC George Armstrong Custer's battalion. Darrris was killed during the battle.

After the battle burial details found many members of Company E in an area below Last Stand Hill.

One burial detail reported finding approximately 28 bodies from Company E in an area called Deep Ravine, The detail claimed they buried the bodies in the ravine, where they had been found. This burial has become one of several battlefield mysteries. Modern excavations in Deep Ravine were conducted in an attempt to locate the reported remains. No evidence of any burials were found.

Lakota/Cheyenne acounts of the battle & later battlefield excavations revealed evidence that Company E conducted what appeared to be a well organized & hard fought rearguard action towards Last Stand Hill from the area of the Little Bighorn River.

In 1904, a boot was found approximately 200 yards northeast of Medicine Tail Coulee. The boot had the initials of J.D. on them. Only two men in Custer's command had those initials...John Dugan Company L & John Darris. In 1928, a complete skeleton of a soldier was discovered not too far from where the boot had been found.

It is likely that Darris' unidentidied remains were first buried where they had been found.

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

On November 7, 1877, Darris's child recieved a survivior's pension.



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  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16174872
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Darris (1846–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16174872, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .