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Pvt Timothy Donnelly

Pvt Timothy Donnelly

Birth
Darlington, Darlington Unitary Authority, County Durham, England
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 20)
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 16175078 · View Source
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Pvt Donnelly enlisted into the US Army on September 21, 1875 in Boston, MA. Donnelly's civilian occupation was laborer. He was described as 5'1/2", dark hair, blue eyes & a fair complexion.

On October 21, 1875, Donnelly was assigned to Company F, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Company F was known as the Gray Horse Troop, because of the gray horses they rode.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company F was attached to LTC George A Custer's battalion. was a member of Custer's Battalion. Sometime during the battle Donnelly was killed.

Two days after the battle, a burial detail reported they had found Donnelly's remains near the body of Corporal Briody, also from Company F, in Deep Ravine.

For many years it was believed Company F had been held in reserve until they were overran. Therefore, they had not participated in any major fighting. Recent battlefield excavations have revealed evidence (large numbers of spent bullets and casings) that there had been heavy fighting in the area of Company F's last position. Also later interviews with Lakota and Cheyenne warrior participants indicate that Company F fought a well organized rear guard action, which forced them (the warriors) to retreat several times.

It is likely Donnelly was first buried where his remains were found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave at Last Stand Hill.

Donelly was survived by his mother, who was awarded a survivor's pension on March 17, 1877.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16175078
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Timothy Donnelly (Apr 1856–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16175078, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .