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Pvt Henry Klotzbucher

Pvt Henry Klotzbucher

Birth
Germany
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 16191979 · View Source
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Pvt Klotzbucher was born in Baden Germany,

On October 4, 1873, he enlisted into the US Army at Philadelphia PA. He was described as 5'6", brown eyes, brown hair & a ruddy complexion. His civilian occupation was listed as cooper.

On October 21, 1873, Klotzbucher reported for duty at Ft Rice in the Dakota Territory & was assigned to Company M, 7th US Cavalry. Capt Jonn French was the commanding officer of Company M. One of Kloztbucher's duties was post gardener.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company M was attached to Maj Marcus Reno's battalion. During the beginning of the Valley Fight, Klotzbucher was shot in the stomach & fell off of his horse.

His comrade, Pvt William Morris, dismounted & attempted to assist Klotzbucher remount. In severe pain Klotzbucher said to Morris; "Leave me alone, for God's sake." Morris & another trooper quickly dragged Klotzbucher into some nearby bushes & leaned him against a tree. At Klotzbucher's insistance, Morris left him there & joined the retreat. Before leaving his wounded comrade, Morris filled the wounded man's canteen.

Dr Henry Porter was nearby, when he heard a call out that a wounded soldier was in the bushes. Dr Porter investigated & found Klotzbucher leaning against a tree with a "red stained" shirt. An examination revealed Klotzbucher had a mortal stomach wound. With Maj Reno shouting orders about retreating, Dr Porter administered laudanum to ease the pain of the "frightened & dying" soldier. Dr Porter recalled that when he exited the bushes, almost everyone had departed.

Two days after the battle Klotzbucher's body was found near where he had been left. It was reported that his body was one of the few found not mutilated.

Klotzbucher was likely first buried where he was found. In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16191979
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Henry Klotzbucher (1848–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16191979, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .