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 John King

John King

Birth
Basel, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
Death 25 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 16191969 · View Source
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King enlisted into the army at Cincinnati OH on September 22, 1875. He was described as 5'5", gray eyes, brown hair & a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was "horse shoer."

On October 21, 1875, King reported for duty at Ft Lincoln in the Dakota Territory & was assigned to Company C, 7th US Cavalry. He was given the duty of company blacksmith. Company C was commanded by two time Medal of Honor recipient Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was also the brother of LTC George A Custer.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Company C was attached to LTC Custer's battalion. King was killed sometime during the fighting.

Two days after the battle 15 members of Company C, including two sergeants, were found on what had been the flanks of Company L on & near Calhoun Ridge.

King'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.

King was survived by his mother, who was awarded a pension on November 18, 1876.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191969
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John King (1849–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191969, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .