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Pvt James McDonald

Pvt James McDonald

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 22–23)
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 16201342 · View Source
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Pvt McDonald enlisted into the US Army on September 29, 1875, in Boston MA. He was described as 5-6, grey eyes, brown hair with a fair complexion.

On October 25, 1875, he was assigned to Company A, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Lincoln, Dakota Territory.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company A was assigned to Maj Reno's Battalion. McDonald was killed sometime during the battle. Various surviving soldier accounts reported McDonald as either being killed during the Valley Fight or on Reno's Bluff. His remains were never found.

It is likely McDonald's unidentified remains were buried where they were found. In 1881, all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

On November 19, 1885, his mother was awarded a pension.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 15 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16201342
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James McDonald (1853–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16201342, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .