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Pvt Henry Turley

Pvt Henry Turley

Birth
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 25)
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 16222045 · View Source
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Pvt Turley enlisted into the US Army on October 29, 1879 at Troy NY. He was described as 5'4", brown eyes, black hair and fair complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On December 9, 1872, Turley reported for duty at Unionville SC & was assigned to Company M, 7th US Cavalry. Company M was commanded by Capt Thomas French.

Soldiers who served with Turley described him as a "very nice young man."

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company M was attached to Reno's Battalion. Turley was killed during the Valley Fight.

Some reports had Turley being killed after his horse bolted & carried him into a Lakota village. But eyewitnesses claimed he survived. They reported that Turley returned from the village & rejoined the skirmish line...only to die a short time later on the east bank of the Little Bighorn River, near the body of Lt Benjamin Hodgson.

Turley was likely first buried where his was body was found on the battlefield.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 17 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16222045
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Henry Turley (Mar 1851–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16222045, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .