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Pvt James J “Jacob Henry Gebhart” Tanner

Pvt James J “Jacob Henry Gebhart” Tanner

Birth
Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Jun 1876 (aged 28)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Graves 453-456
Memorial ID 16220888 · View Source
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Pvt Tanner enlisted into the US Army on September 18, 1875, in Chicago Il under the alias of James J. Tanner. He was described as 5'7", brown eyes, black hair & a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was listed as clerk.

On October 21, 1875, Tanner reported for duty at Ft Rice in the Dakota Territory. He was assigned to Company M, 7th US Cavalry. Company M was commanded by Capt Thomas French.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company M was attached to Maj Marcus Reno's battalion.

On June 25, 1876, Tanner participated in a charge led by Capt Frederick Benteen to dislodge sniping warriors. He was wounded during the charge by a gunshot to the chest. Tanner died the next day.

Tanner was first buried in the same grave as Pvt Henry Carl Voight. The were buried on Reno's Bluff in a depression that had been used as a field hospital during the fighting.

In 1903, Tanner & Voight's remains were discovered & moved to the Custer National Cemetery.

On June 30, 1880, Tanner's mother was awarded a survivor's pension.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 17 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16220888
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James J “Jacob Henry Gebhart” Tanner (6 Jun 1848–26 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16220888, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .