The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
Corp John Foley

Corp John Foley

Birth
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 25–26)
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 16191185 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Corp Foley enlisted into the US Army on September 18, 1873 in Boston MA. His listed civilian occupation was shoe cutter. He was described as 5'8', blue eyes, gray hair with a ruddy complexion.

On October 21, 1873, Foley was assigned to C Company, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Rice KS. C Company was commanded by two time Medal of Honor recipient Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was also the brother of LTC George A. Custer. Foley's initial daily duties were listed as a cook. In April 1875, his duties were changed to quartermaster. On June 3, 1875, Foley was promoted to corporal.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, C Company was attached to LTC Custer's battalion.

Two days after the battle Foley's body was found just north of Medicine Tail Coulee, which was some distance from where most of C Company & the rest command had fought & died. Burial details were able to identify Foley by his dark hair & a bald spot.

There has been several theories regarding the circumstances as to why only Foley's remains were found so far from Company C's last position. Several researchers believe Foley may have been one of four soldiers Lakota warriors had witnessed attempting to escape from the battlefield. Three of those soldiers were quickly killed. The fourth soldier almost escaped the fighting, but inexplicably stopped & committed suicide. These researchers believe the fourth soldier could have been Foley. Other researchers believe Foley was a courier enroute for either Reno's or Benteen's command. And a third theory has him being killed during a retreat from Medicine Tail Coulee towards Calhoun Ridge.

It is likely Foley was first buried where his remains had been found. In 1881, all known battlefield burials were placed in a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.


Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191185
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp John Foley (1850–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191185, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .