Born in Cork, Ireland, Michael Crowe (1849-1883) emigrated to New York as a young man and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1867. Initially Private Crowe served with the 34th Infantry as a wagoneer, then he transferred to the 7th Cavalry just before the Great Sioux War of 1876 in which Sioux and Cheyenne Indian tribes engaged federal troops to preserve their culture and lands in the Black Hills. On June 25-26, the 7th U.S. Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, took the offensive. In the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer and one-third of his men died. Crowe survived and remained in the army until his death in 1883. Pvt. Crowe was buried in the post cemetery at Fort Yates (ND), which was decommissioned in 1903; in 1908 his remains were reinterred in Keokuk National Cemetery (Section H, Site 796).
Enlisted in the 7th Cavalry: July 29, 1875
At the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he was a Private in Company B.
During the Battle of the Little Big Horn he was with the pack train and participated in the hilltop fight.
Died: June 8, 1883, Fort Yates, Dakota Territory
Michael was originally buried Fort Yates. However his body was moved in 1908 to Keokuk National Cemetery when the pioneer fort was abandoned.∼Pvt.; "B" Troop, 7th U.S. Cav.
From U.S., Registers of Deaths in the Regular Army, 1860-1889
Name: Crow, Michael
Unit: "B" Co, 7 Cav.
Date of death: June 9, 1883
Place of death: Fort Yates, D.T.
Cause of death: Aortic obstruction
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NEW YORK - PVT. 7 CAV.