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Pvt Charles Graham

Pvt Charles Graham

Birth
Ireland
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 38–39)
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 16191516 · View Source
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Pvt Graham was born in Tyrone Ireland. He enlisted into the US Army on February 8, 1854 at New York NY. He was described as 5'7", blue eyes, brown hair & fair complexion. Civilian occupation was laborer.

On March 6, 1854, Graham reported for duty at Ft Wood NY & was assigned to Company L 3rd US Artillery. His daily duties were cook.

On February 8, 1859 Graham's enlistment expired at Ft Umpqua OR, & he was discharged in San Francisco CA. On March 28, 1859, Graham reenlisted back into Company L 3rd US Artillery. In December 1862, Graham, for unspecified charges, was court martialed. He was sentenced to at 1/2 pay for two months & "police duty with a ball & chain" for 30 days. On March 28, 1864, his enlistment expired in Nashville TN.

On July 1, 1867, Graham reenlisted at Washington DC. On September 14, 1867 he was assigned to Company B, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Dodge KS. On October 8, 1868 he was transferred to Company L, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Reynolds CO. Company L was commanded by 1stt Lt James Calhoun. Lt Calhoun's brother-in-laws were LTC George Armstrong Custer & Capt Tom Custer. Graham's daily duties were cook.

On July 1, 1872, Graham's enlistment expired at Yorkville SC. He promptly reenlisted back into Company L.

In the Summer of 1874, Graham participated in the 7th Cavalry's Black Hills Expedition. His daily duties were cook for the regimental band.

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

Though most of Company L was found on what became known as Calhoun Ridge & Calhoun Hill, Graham's body was found in a ravine between Calhoun Hill & Capt Keogh's (Company I) last position. When you visit the battlefield today, you can see a single soldier's marker at the bottom of a ravine in this area, where Graham reportedly had been found.

It is likely Graham was first buried where his remains were found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave at Last Stand Hill.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191516
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Charles Graham (1837–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191516, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .