Sgt Akers was described as 5-6 tall, auburn hair, hazel eyes and fair complexion.
On February 10, 1875, Sgt Akers was assigned to Company G, 7th US Cavalry at Shreveport LA. His initial daily duties were listed as a clerk with the company headquarters.
Sgt Akers was present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. At the time of the battle he was a corporal still assigned Company G. His company fought with Maj Reno's battalion in the Valley & Hilltop Fights.
Several years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Akers was cited for "conspicuous gallantry" by another Little Bighorn survivor, Capt Frederick Benteen, for bravery in two mounted charges against Nez Perce postions at Canon Creek in MT on September 13, 1877.
Sgt Akers was medically discharge from the army for Rheumatism in his knees & ankles. He eventually died of Pythisis Pulmonalis.
The following information was provided by FAG member #47003358:
Akers enlisted into the army on December 4, 1874 in Boston MA. His civilian occupation had been plasterer. He was born in Kings County Ireland. Akers was admitted to the Soldier's Home in Washington DC on November 7, 1879.