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Lieut Henry Moore Harrington

Lieut Henry Moore Harrington

Birth
Albion, Orleans County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 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 16191667 · View Source
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Lt Harrington graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 14, 1872. In October 1872 he was assigned to Company C, 7th U.S. Cavalry in Charlotte, N.C.

The commanding officer of Company C was two time Medal of Honor recipient Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was also the brother of LTC George Armstrong Custer.

As a member of Company C, Lt Harrington participated in Yellowstone Expedition of 1873. In 1874 he was the post adjutant at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory. During July & August of 1874, he was part of the 7th Cavalry's Black Hills Expedition.

During the expedition that ended at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Harrington accompanied Maj Marcus Reno's scout up the Powder River.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Capt Custer was assigned as LTC Custer's aide-de-camp. In Capt Custer's absence, Harrington became the acting commander of Company C.

During the Battle of the Little Bighorn it is believed C Company took a position on flanks of Company L at what became known as Calhoun Ridge and near Finley Ridge. After the battle 15 bodies, including two sergeants, from C Company were found in this area.

Later battlefield excavations (cartridge casings and impacted bullets) along with Lakota/Cheyenne accounts of the fighting, indicate that Company C & L were involved in heavy fighting.

Harrington's body were never identified. His unidentified remains were likely buried where they had been found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.

The remains of only three officers from the Battle of the Little Bighorn were not identified (Harrington, Porter & Sturgis). Of those three...Harrington was the only one whose clothing nor personal property was ever found.

Sometime after 1890 a marker with Harrington's name was placed on Last Stand Hill. This marker does not represent where Harrington's remains had been found. The marker was possibly erected as a memorial to Harrington's memory.

An intriguing account by Lakota/Cheyenne warrior participants of the battle is that one soldier from the suspected area of C Company's skirmish line was able to break free & flee northward from the battlefield. This soldier, while whipping his horse with a revolver, either accidently or purposely fatally shot himself. Some researchers believe this soldier could have been Harrington, who was known to be mounted on one of the fastest horses in the 7th Cavalry.

Lt Harrington was survived by his wife and two children.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191667
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Henry Moore Harrington (30 Apr 1849–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191667, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .