Sergeant, Company C, 7th US Cavalry. During the battle of the Little Big Horn, he carried a message from General Custer to Captain Thomas McDougall, commander of the pack train, and thus, was able to avoid the disaster to Custer's column.
Born in Marion, NC, he was the son of Jacob Kanipe and Rebecca Isabella Mosteller Kanipe. He enlisted 7 August 1872 and was assigned to the 7th Cavalry. He participated in the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, the 1874 Black Hills Expedition, and the Sioux Campaign of 1876. He married Missouri Ann Wycoff Bobo, widow of his company First Sgt, Edwin Bobo, on 12 April 1877. Two children of First Sgt Bobo lived in the household with them (Charles F. Bobo and Frank E. Bobo), and the couple had eight children of their own: Lillie M (born 1878) and Doris I.S. (born Oct 1879), John L., John Edward, LeRoy Kanipe, (and three other daughters-names unknown). He participated in the 1878 Campaign against the Northern Cheyenne. In the early 1900s, he retired from the US Army and joined the US Revenue Service for 20 years. During WWI, he served as a Captain in the 19th North Carolina Militia. Cause of death: Apoplexy, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis.
The Morristown Gazette, 11 Mar 1914, wrote that Daniel A. Kanipe who was born at Marion, raised on the farm, and had run away from home to Lincolnton in order to enlist -- enlisted in Co C, 7th Reg, U.S. Calvary as commanded by Captain V. K. Hart. The very same Daniel was also "said to be the only American survivor of the ill fated force under the immediate command of General George A. Custer. Mr. Kanipe has the distinction of having carried the last order issued by Custer just previous to the massacre on the Little Big Horn river in Montana in 1876"
(The Morristown Gazette; Morristown, TN; Weds., 11 Mar 1914)
Fatima Gardin Kanipe Noblitt
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