Sergeant James Flanagan, Co. E, 11th Ohio Cavalry Regiment. Enlisted 22 Jul 1863; discharged 14 Jul 1866. Promoted to Sergeant 8 August 1863. His surname is listed as Flannigan in the regiment's records.
Civil War veteran and veteran of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry. He participated in the California Gold Rush. Was a resident of Greenfield, Mass., in early years. In August of 1862 enlisted in the 11th Ohio Cavalry which was stationed along the Oregon Trail and in Platte Bridge, Nebraska in 1864-1865. Served in 2nd Cavalry after the war.
On November 15, 1871, he enlisted in the 7th Cavalry, at age 35, in Louisville, KY., by Lt. W.W. Cooke and assigned to Company D commanded by Capt. Thomas Weir. Acquitted on charges of being drunk on duty on May 4, 1873. At the Battle of the Little Big Horn Flanagan fought in the defense of Reno Hill. Discharged November 15, 1876. Re-enlisted the same day. Recommended for an award for conspicuous gallantry by Captain Edward Godfrey on May 7, 1877 for actions the previous year at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Wounded on September 30, 1877 in the Battle of Snake Creek against Chief Joseph's Nez Perce. Discharged on November 14, 1881. He had blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion and was 5'10 1/2" tall. Worked as a court bailiff, Resided in Mandan, ND., for forty years. Wife Mary died in July 1915. James Flanagan died at the age of 81 on April 21, 1921 in Mandan. Buried in grace 5, Lot 90, Catholic section of Union Cemetery. Listed as "James Flannigan" on tombstone. Survived by daugther Minnie and son William.
Mary O’Connell (Burke) Flannigan
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