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Pvt Patrick M Golden

Pvt Patrick M Golden

Birth
Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland
Death 26 Jun 1876 (aged 26–27)
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 16191440 · View Source
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Pvt Golden enlisted into the US Army on January 22, 1872 at Boston MA. He was described as 5'9", blue eyes, brown hair & a fair complexion (he was described by those who knew him as a "handsome young man of striking appearance with a black moustache, tall and straight as an arrow").

On February 13, 1872, Golden reported for duty at Chester SC & was assigned to Company D, 7th US Cavalry. Company D was commanded by Capt Thomas Weir. From October 1874 to May 1875, Golden was assigned as Major Marcus Reno's orderly.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company D was attached to Maj Reno's battalion. Golden was killed while fighting along side his company on what later became known as Reno Hill. He was shot shortly after completing a charge against encroaching warriors. Golden had just climbed back into a rifle pit, when he was shot several times. He was reported to have said "Boys, that is number three, but I'm still here." Number four was a fatal head shot.

Golden was likely first buried where he had died on Reno Hill. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191440
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Patrick M Golden (1849–26 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191440, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .