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Sgt David Cooney

Sgt David Cooney

Birth
County Cork, Ireland
Death 21 Jul 1876 (aged 27–28)
Mandan, Morton County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Sec A #529
Memorial ID 35667717 · View Source
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Sgt Cooney enlisted into the US Army on December 16, 1872 at Boston MA. He was described as 5'6", gray eyes, dark hair & a fair complexion. His civilian occupation was laborer.

On February 9, 1873, Cooney reported for duty at Lebanon KY. He was assigned to Company I of the 7th US Cavalry.

Though Company I was attached to LTC George Armstrong Custer's battalion at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, was assigned to the rear as a guard for the pack train.

As Custer's battalion was being defeated, the pack train arrived at Maj Marcus Reno's position on a hilltop above the Little Bighorn River.

During the Hilltop Fight, Cooney was recieved a gunshot wound to his right hip & pelvis on June 26th.

Cooney survived what must have been an agonizing journey on the Far West riverboat from the battlefield to Ft. Abraham Lincoln in present day North Dakota.

He at died at Ft Lincoln died from infection of the bloodstream on July 21, 1876.

Cooney was first buried at the Ft Lincoln post cemetery. After Fort Abraham Lincoln closed, Cooney's remains were removed on March 6, 1905 & reburied at the Custer National Cemetery, just a few miles from where he had been wounded and a short distance from where most of his company had died.

Cooney's aliases were Dore Cooney, Davis Cooney and Davis Corey.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 8 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35667717
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt David Cooney (1848–21 Jul 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35667717, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .