Married Mary Sloan in June 1872, divorced May 1874
Was a shoemaker by profession
Enlisted in the 7th Cavalry on 17 September 1876.
Was with the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in June 1876. He served as a quartermaster and packer. Was initially some distance away, with the pack train, at the onset of the battle, but ended up on what is known as Reno Hillfighting with what remained of the 7th until General Terry arrived.
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