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Pvt William Dye

Pvt William Dye

Birth
Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 25)
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 16175295 · View Source
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Pvt Dye enlisted into the army on September 23, 1875, in Cincinnati OH. His listed civilian occupation was butcher. Dye was described as 5'9", black hair, brown eyes with a fair complexion.

On October 29, 1875, Dye reported for duty at Ft Totten, Dakota Territory & was assigned to L Company 7th US Cavalry. Company L was commanded by Lt James Calhoun. Lt Calhoun was the brother-in-law of LTC George Armstrong Custer & Capt Tom Custer.

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

After the battle, most of Company L was found in an area that became known as Calhoun Ridge & Calhoun Hill.

Dye's unidentified remains were likely first buried where they had been found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were reburied in a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

An article in the July 20, 1876 edition of the Marietta Times reported: "William Dye, son of Mr. Jonathan Dye, of this city, among the killed in the horrible massacre under General Custer by Indians." Information provided by Find A Grave contributor Bonnie.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16175295
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William Dye (Jul 1850–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16175295, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .