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Pvt John Heim

Pvt John Heim

Birth
Germany
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 29–30)
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 16191829 · View Source
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Pvt Heim enlisted into the US Army for five years on January 19, 1875 in St Louis MO. He was described as 5-2, light hair, brown eyes & a fair complexion. His civilian occupation was listed as clerk.

On February 8, 1875, Heim reported for duty at Opelika AL & was assigned to Company E, 7th US Cavalry. E Company was known as the Gray Horse Troop, because of the gray horses they rode.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company E was attached to LTC George Armstrong Custer's battalion. Heim was killed sometime during the fighting.

Two days after the battle most of Company E was found in the area between the Little Bighorn River & Last Stand Hill.

Battlefield excavations appear to support warrior accounts that Company E had conducted a well organized & hard fought rear guard action towards Last Stand Hill until they were overwhelmed & wiped out.

One battlefield mystery has a report that 28 members of Company E were found & buried in Deep Ravine. Recent excavations have revealed no evidence of any burials or battlefield related artifacts in the ravine.

Heim's unidentified remains were likely first buried where they had been found. 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 16191829
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Heim (1846–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191829, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .