7TH U.S. CAVALRY-Battle of the Little Big Horn. Death certificate lists birthplace as Erie, OH. Father was born in Braden, Germany, mother born in Pose. Previous occupation was safemaker. Enlisted 7th Cavalry on September 10, 1875. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and was 5'81/2" tall. Appointed corporal. Battle of the Little Big Horn-fought in the valley and hilltop fights under the command of Maj. Marcus Reno and Capt. Frederick Benteen. Slaper helped bury General Custer, "He had a gunshot wound to the head and another in his side..." Discharged on September 9, 1880, at Ft. Meade, Dakota Territory. Civil occupation was salesman. His wife Sarah, whom he married on May 25, 1882, died on April 19, 1914. No children from the marriage. Died at the National Military Home at Sawtelle (Los Angeles) on Nov. 13, 1931.
His account of the Little Big Horn battle is in "Troopers with Custer," by E.A. Brininstool. Attended the 50th Anniversary of the LBH battle held at the Custer Battlefield in 1926. Top photo: Slaper at Custer Battle reunion, 1926. Middle photo: Slaper standing at the Little Big Horn River where the water party secured water. Bottom: Slaper with fellow trooper Daniel Newell. (both photos taken at 1926 50th Anniversary of Battle of Little Big Horn reunion at Custer Battlefield.) Slaper's account of the battle appeared in the Billings Gazette, June 22, 1926.
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