Captain, commanding Company B, 7th US Cavalry, during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876. Survived the Battle.
The son of Brevet Brigadier General Charles McDougall (Army Medical Corps) and Marie Hanson McDougall, he was born at Fort Crawford, near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He attended St. Mary's Academy near Baltimore, MD, and served without pay as a volunteer aide-de-camp to General J.P. Hawkins from Oct 1863 to Feb 1864. Appointed 2nd Lt, 10th US Louisiana Volunteers of African Descent, later redesignated as 48th US Colored Infantry. Severely wounded in battle of Lakeville, Mississippi. Appointed Captain, Company G, 5th US Volunteer Infantry, on 2 June 1865, and reappointed as 2nd Lt, 32nd Infantry on 21 Sept 1866. Engaged in battles with Indians at Aravipa Canyon, Tonto Basin, and Rock Springs, Arizona. Due to reorganization of the Army, he was reassigned to the 7th US Cavalry on 30 Dec 1870. Married Alice M. Sheldon on 21 May 1872 in Spartanburg, SC. Charged with being drunk on duty, he was acquitted during a court-martial in March 1875. Appointed Captain, 15 Dec 1875. During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he had command of Company B, and escorted the pack train, which carried all of the spare supplies, food, ammunition and tents. Survived the battle. On sick leave since May 1888. Retired for disability on 22 July 1890, and advanced to Major, Retired, on 23 April 1904 (for services during the Civil War). Died on his farm near Brandon, Vermont, in 1909; cause of death: Angina Pectoris.
Alice Shelton McDougall
1842–1920 (m. 1872)
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