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Pvt Charles McCarthy

Pvt Charles McCarthy

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 30–31)
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 16201274 · View Source
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Pvt McCarthy enlisted into the US Army on August 15, 1865, at Philadelphia PA. He was described as 5-6, blue eyes, brown hair with a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On August 22, 1865, McCarthy was assigned to Company F, 6th US Cavalry at Frederick MD.

On January 13, 1866, he was listed as a deserter from Ft Belknap TX. He was apprehended four days later. McCarthy was court-martialed & sentenced to one year confinement.

In October of 1867, he was assigned to Company M, 2nd US Cavalry at Camp Wilson TX. His daliy duties were listed as mail carrier.

On August 15, 1868, McCarthy was discharged at the expiration of his enlistment at Ft Richardson TX.

On September 9, 1868, he re-enlisted in New York, NY. On November 10, 1868, he was assigned to Company I, 7th US Calvary at Camp Sandy Forsyth KS. Company I was commanded by Capt Myles Keogh. McCarthy daily duties were company cook.

On May 14, 1869, McCarthy was listed as a deserter near Ft Hays KS. He surrendered the next day. McCarthy was court-martialed & sentenced to six months confinement.

On September 9, 1873, he was discharged at the expirartion of his enlistment at Camp Terry, Dakota Territory. On September 30, 1873, he re-enlisted back into the 7th Cavalry at St Paul MN.

On October 19, 1873, he was assigned to Company L at Ft Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Company L was commanded by LTC Custer's brother-in-law, Lt James Calhoun.

McCarthy was killed during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Though most of Company L was found after the battle on Calhoun Ridge & the area between the ridge and Last Stand Hill, McCarthy's body was found on Last Stand Hill. Therefore, it is believed that he was able to successfully retreat to Last Stand Hill.

Soldiers killed at the battle were buried where they had been 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: 15 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16201274
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Charles McCarthy (1845–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16201274, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .