7th U.S. Cavalry. Battle of the Little Big Horn. The son of Edward H. and Charlotte Newton Pickard. Enlisted in the 7th Cavalry on September 6, 1875 at Boston. Mass. At the age of 23. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion and was 5" 8." Previous occupation was clerk. With pack train on June 25, 1876, fought defensive battle on Reno Hill. Part of burial detail on Custer Hill. "It made me sick to see my fellow troopers of F troop lying on the hillside, disemboweled, with stakes driven through their chests, with their heads crushed in, and many of them with their arms and legs chopped off." Discharged on January 18, 1878, at Ft. Lincoln. Listed civil occupation as painter and probation officer for Multnomah County, Oregon. Resided at 255 Hancock St., and 97 East 79th street, Portland, OR. His account of the battle appeared in 'Oregon Sunday Journal' under the title "With Custer on the Little Big Horn" (see top photo) January 14, 1912, (with photo), and five installments The 'Portland Journal,' beginning July 31, 1923. Died at the age of 78 on January 30, 1928, in Portland. Obituary appeared in 'The Morning Oregonian,' January 31, 1928. Survived by his widow, Ethel.
Note: There is confusion over Pickard's first name: Edward or Edwin? Pickard's enlistment papers for the Seventh Cavalry show he enlisted under the name 'Edwin.' A letter to his family after the Battle of the Little Big Horn also shows he signed 'Edwin.' His grave stone says 'Edward.' It makes sense his name was indeed Edward. I doubt his family would have buried him with the wrong name on his marker.
Ethel Martha Adams Opitz
1886–1976 (m. 1907)
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