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Sgt Miles F O'Hara

Sgt Miles F O'Hara

Birth
Alton, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 24)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot cenotaph - Reno's Bluffs & Mass Grave
Memorial ID 16210404 · View Source
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Sgt O'Hara enlisted into the US Army on October 30, 1872 at Columbus OH. He was described as 5-8, gray eyes, light hair & ruddy complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On December 9, 1872 he was assigned to Company M 7th US Cavalry at Unionville SC. On December 1, 1873 he was promoted to corporal. On August 2, 1875, O'Hara was promoted to sergeant. Company M was commanded by Capt Thomas French.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company M was attached to Reno's Battalion. O'Hara was reportedly shot in the chest while on the skirmish line during the Valley Fight. It is believed that he was the first fatality of the Battle of the Litttle Bighorn. The whereabouts of his body was unknown until an excavation of trooper entrenchements on Reno's Bluffs in the 1990s uncovered the skeletal remains of a trooper. Research of 7th Cavalry enlistment records and reconstruction of the skull has led researchers to believe the remains found in the entrenchment belonged to Sgt. O'Hara.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 16 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16210404
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Miles F O'Hara (Sep 1851–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16210404, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .