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Corp George Lell

Corp George Lell

Birth
Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Jun 1876 (aged 28–29)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Last Stand Hill
Memorial ID 20847423 · View Source
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Original Burial Site. Corp Lell enlisted into the US Army on September 18, 1873, at Cincinnati OH. He was described as 5'9", blue eyes, dark hair with a dark complexion. His civilian occupation was gas fitter.

On October 20, 1873, Lell reported for duty st Ft Rice in the Dakota Territory & was assigned to Company H, 7th US Cavalry. Company H was commanded by Capt Fredrick Benteen

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Lell was mortally wounded by a gunshot wound to stomach on the second day of the Hilltop Fight. His final words were reported to be; "Lift me up boys." I want to see the boys again, before I go." When Lell was raised up, he smiled. He died shortly afterwards.

After the fighting those that had been killed were first buried in a depression on top of Reno Hill that had been used as the field hospital. Reportedly the graves were marched over to prevent detection.

In 1903 the remains of the soldiers were found & reburied at the nearby Custer National Cemetery.

It was believed that one of the remains matched Lell's height & age. But DNA testing using blood samples taken from his maternal great-grandnieces did not match. Therefore, the remains are either not Lell, or the genealogical data was incorrect.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 8 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20847423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp George Lell (1847–26 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20847423, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .