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 John Joseph Hackett

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John Joseph Hackett

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death
25 Feb 1904 (aged 52)
Highwood, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Highwood, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Plot
Section 5 Row C Site 348
Memorial ID
3426 View Source

John Hackett enlisted in the 7th U.S. Cavalry Co. G on November 14, 1872, in Chicago, Illinois. His occupation was listed as a hostler.

Hackett's activity and involvement at Little Big Horn Montana on June 25, 1876, was as follows: That day the 7th Cavalry Regiment consisted of twelve companies under the command of Lt. Col. George Custer. Companies C and G were ordered to attack an Indian village near the river of the Little Big Horn. Hackett was in Company G under the command of Major Marcus Reno. They were near the river on the Little Big Horn attacking an Indian village. Hackett and Company G were the lucky ones and able to retreat across the river and up onto what is now known as Reno Hill. Hackett was wounded in the left arm either in the valley or after returning to the hilltop.
Custer was not as lucky. In less than two hours, Custer and his 268 men were dead. The warriors were over 1,500 strong. The odds were impossible for any soldier to survive. Surrounded, betrayed by his subordinates, Reno and Benteen, failed to come to Custer's aid. Custer had no choice but to gather his men on what came to be called "Last Stand Hill". Custer and his men fought to the end.
Reno and his troops disobeyed an order. Later a court marshal was organized against Reno. Some how he was found not guilty. Reno died of cancer a short time later.

Hackett later was discharged as a 1st Sgt. at Columbia Barracks, Cuba.He returned from his army commitment and settled in Highwood, Illinois. In 1902 Hackett married newly divorced Esther Smith who had three young children. The family lived in Highwood after his retirement from the Army and died there in 1904.

NOTE: According to VA records, Hackett died on February 25, 1904, in DuBois Pennsylvania not at Fort Sheridan as news articles had reported.

John Hackett enlisted in the 7th U.S. Cavalry Co. G on November 14, 1872, in Chicago, Illinois. His occupation was listed as a hostler.

Hackett's activity and involvement at Little Big Horn Montana on June 25, 1876, was as follows: That day the 7th Cavalry Regiment consisted of twelve companies under the command of Lt. Col. George Custer. Companies C and G were ordered to attack an Indian village near the river of the Little Big Horn. Hackett was in Company G under the command of Major Marcus Reno. They were near the river on the Little Big Horn attacking an Indian village. Hackett and Company G were the lucky ones and able to retreat across the river and up onto what is now known as Reno Hill. Hackett was wounded in the left arm either in the valley or after returning to the hilltop.
Custer was not as lucky. In less than two hours, Custer and his 268 men were dead. The warriors were over 1,500 strong. The odds were impossible for any soldier to survive. Surrounded, betrayed by his subordinates, Reno and Benteen, failed to come to Custer's aid. Custer had no choice but to gather his men on what came to be called "Last Stand Hill". Custer and his men fought to the end.
Reno and his troops disobeyed an order. Later a court marshal was organized against Reno. Some how he was found not guilty. Reno died of cancer a short time later.

Hackett later was discharged as a 1st Sgt. at Columbia Barracks, Cuba.He returned from his army commitment and settled in Highwood, Illinois. In 1902 Hackett married newly divorced Esther Smith who had three young children. The family lived in Highwood after his retirement from the Army and died there in 1904.

NOTE: According to VA records, Hackett died on February 25, 1904, in DuBois Pennsylvania not at Fort Sheridan as news articles had reported.


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  • Maintained by: Iron Horse
  • Added: 13 Aug 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 3426
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3426/john-joseph-hackett: accessed ), memorial page for John Joseph Hackett (May 1851–25 Feb 1904), Find a Grave Memorial ID 3426, citing Fort Sheridan National Cemetery, Highwood, Lake County, Illinois, USA; Maintained by Iron Horse (contributor 46511764).