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Sgt William B James

Sgt William B James

Birth
Wales
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 27–28)
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 16191948 · View Source
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Sgt James enlisted into the army at Chicago IL on February 5, 1872. He was described as 5'9", light hair, brown eyes & a light complexion. His civilian occupation was coachman.

On February 26, 1872, James reported for duty at Unionville SC & was assigned to Company E, 7th US Cavalry. Company E was known as the Gray Horse Troop, because of the gray horses they rode. His daily duties were hospital attendant. On January 27, 1875, James was promoted to corporal. His duties were changed to overseer of post stables. On March 3, 1876, he was promoted to sergeant.

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

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

James' 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.

Later battlefield excavations appear to support warrior accounts that Company E had briefly conducted a well organized & hard fought rear guard action until they were overwhelmed & wiped out.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191948
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William B James (1848–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191948, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .