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Pvt James Drinan

Pvt James Drinan

Birth
Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 22–23)
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 16175259 · View Source
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Pvt Drinan enlisted into the army on December 2, 1874 at Boston MA. His civilian occupation was laborer. He was described as 5'7", light brown hair, gray eyes with a fair complexion.

On February 6, 1875, Drinan reported for duty at Livingstom Alabama & was assigned to Company A, 7th US Cavalry. Company A, was commanded by Capt Myles Moylan.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company A was attached to Maj Marcus Reno's Battalion. Company A fought at both the Valley & Hilltop Fights.

Drinan was one of seven privates in Company A killed during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Drinan was killed during the retreat from the Valley Fight towards the bluffs above the Little Bighorn River.

It was reported that after the fighting Drinan's remains were taken to what was later called Reno's Bluffs & buried in one of the rifle pits used by Company A during the fighting.

During a battlefield dig in the 1980s the bones & a skull of a soldier were recovered from Company A's trench area. Researchers believe the remains could have belonged to Drinan.

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


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16175259
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James Drinan (1853–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16175259, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .