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Pvt John “William” Gardner

Pvt John “William” Gardner

Brockville, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 31)
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 16191375 · View Source
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Pvt Gardner was also known as William Gardner. & John Gardiner. His enlistment records show birthplaces in Canada & Hanover Germany.

Gardner enlisted into the US Volunteer Army on July 28, 1862 in Lowville NY. He was described as 5'5", blue eyes, light hair & light complexion. His civilian occupation was butcher.

During the Civil War Gardner served with Company C, Black River Artillery Battalion. On September 12, 1862, he was promoted to corporal. On January 17, 1863, he was promoted to sergeant. He was discharged from the Volunteer Army at the end of the Civil War.

On August 12, 1870, Gardner enlisted into the regular US Army at New York, NY. On January 31, 1871, he was assigned to Company L, 3rd US Artillery at Ft Jefferson FL. His daliy duties was ordanance department laborer. On February 14, 1872, he became an Acting Sergeant Major. On August 12, 1875, Gardner's enlistment expired while stationed at Ft Wadsworth NY. At the time of his discharge Gardner's rank was sergeant.

On August 25, 1875, Gardner reenlisted at New York NY. On October 21, 1875, he reported for duty at Ft Totten, Dakota Territory & was assigned to Company F, 7th US Cavalry. His daily company duties were cook.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company F was attached to LTC George Armstrong Custer's battalion. Sometime during the fighting Gardner was killed.

Two days after the battle burial details found most of Company F in the area of Last Stand Hill.

It is likely Gardner's unidentified remains were first buried where they had been found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.

On May 15, 1890, Gardner's mother was awarded a survivior's pension.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191375
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John “William” Gardner (27 Feb 1845–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191375, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .