Frontiersman. He was an interpreter for the 7th United States Cavalry. H e accompanied Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer's column and died with him at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Also called Kar-paysh, or Kape. His mother was a full-blooded Santee Indian. His father was John Baptiste Boyer, a French Canadian fur trapper, hunter, and blacksmith. In 1849, he lived with his family at Fort Laramie (his father was killed by Indians while trapping in 1863). He was an Interpreter at Fort Phil Kearny from April to June 1868. Married Magpie Outside (also called Mary Boyer) in the fall of 1869. Their children were Mary, Thomas, and James LeForge Boyer. Employed as a hunter/trader 1870 to 1872. Employed by 2nd Cavalry as a guide for the military escort for the Northern Pacific Railroad survey team in Dakota and Montana. From 1872 to 1876, he was employed as a guide, interpreter, laborer, and messenger at the Crow Agency and by the US Army. He was considered a quiet, low-spoken man, with the face of an Indian and the dress of a white man, and was considered as the best guide in the country after the celebrated Jim Bridger. His body was buried in the mass grave, marked by the Battle Monument, on Last Stand Hill.
Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson