Sgt Jonathan “Jonathan H Groesbeck” Vickory

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Sgt Jonathan “Jonathan H Groesbeck” Vickory

  • Birth unknown Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York, USA
  • Death 25 Jun 1876 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 16223067

Regimental Standard Bearer. Sgt Vickory enlisted under his true name, Jonathan H Groesbeck, on November 23, 1863 at Utica NY & was assigned, as a private, to Company H, 14th NY Volunteer Field Artillery.

On April 23, 1864, Vickory deserted. On May 10, 1864, he enlisted, as a private, in the 2nd Mass Volunteer Cavalry.

When his enlistment with the 2nd Mass expired, Vickory enlisted into the regular army on July 20, 1865 (under the alias Jonathan Vickory). He was described as 19 yrs old, 5'9", blue eyes, light hair and light complexion.

Vickory continued to reenlist with the army for the remainder of his life.

On September 10, 1866, Vickory reported for duty at Ft Riley KS. He was assigned to Company F, 7th US Cavalry.

On September 21, 1866, Vickory was promoted to corporal. On January 25, 1867, he was promtoted to sergeant. On May 15, 1876, Vickory became the Regimental Standard Bearer for the 7th Cavalry.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn Vickory, as the standard bearer, accompanied LTC George Armstong Custer. Vickory was killed sometime during the fighting.

After the battle, members of burial parites, who knew Vickory, reported finding his body on Last Stand Hill, near the body of LTC Custer.

Vickory was likely first buried where he had been found. 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 16223067
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Jonathan “Jonathan H Groesbeck” Vickory (unknown–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16223067, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .