7th U.S. Cavalry. Son of Jacob and Anna Mary Richard Horner. Born New York City. Worked as a meat cutter in New Orleans in January of 1875. Enlisted in the 7th Cavalry at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., on April 8, 1876. Assigned to Company K. He had black eyes, black hair, dark complexion and was 5'6" tall. Listed on 'Detached Service' on June, 25, 1876 when his company fought at the Little Big Horn. Nez Perce Wars-fought in Battle of Snake Creek, September 30, 1877. Accompanied Cheyenne prisoners to Bismarck. Married Catherine Stuart at Ft. Totten on April 18, 1880. Resided Bismarck for over 70 years at 304 Mandan St. Worked as a meat cutter for Charles Kupitz for 35 years. Served as city alderman 1900-06. Died Sept. 21, 1951. Horner was the last surviving member of Custer's 7th Cavalry. On Oct. 6, 1948 Horner flew in an airplane, possibly another first for one of Custer's troopers. In 1937 Robert Ripley of "Ripley's Believe It Not" asked Horner to appear on his radio show. It is unknown if Horner made an appearance.
"The Story of Jacob Horner," by Bruce Nelson, 'Sensation Magazine,' February 1934. "Jacob Horner of the Seventh Cavalry," by Roy Paul Johnson,'North Dakota Historical Quarterly,' XVI, April 1949.
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