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Sgt Miles F O'Hara

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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 Original Burial Site, Reno Hill
Memorial ID 16210404 View Source
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US Soldier killed on the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Original burial site. Sgt O'Hara enlisted into the US Army on October 30, 1872, at Columbus, OH. He was described as 58", gray eyes, light hair with a ruddy complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer. On December 9, 1872, O'Hara was assigned to Company M, 7th US Cavalry Regiment 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 Captain Thomas French. At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company M was attached to Major Marcus Reno's Battalion. O'Hara was reportedly shot in the chest while on the skirmish line during the Valley Fight. He was the first known fatally wounded soldier of the battle. During the retreat from the Valley Fight, Pvt Edward Pigford reportedly assisted O'Hara to Reno Hill. The whereabouts of his remains were unknown until the 1990s. An archeological excavation of trooper entrenchments on Reno's Bluffs was conducted. The excavation 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. O'Hara was married and had one child. Names unknown.

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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/memorial/16210404/miles-f-o'hara : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Miles F O'Hara (Sep 1851–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial ID 16210404, citing Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .