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Lieut James Garland Sturgis

Lieut James Garland Sturgis

Birth
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 22)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Body not recovered
Memorial ID 5869453 · View Source
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Second Lieutenant, Company E, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His body was not identified, and is believed buried with the enlisted soldiers in the mass grave at the Battlefield Monument.

The son of Colonel Samuel Davis Sturgis, Commander of the 7th US Cavalry (Colonel Sturgis was on recruiting duty at the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and did not rejoin his command until after the battle), and Jerusha Wilcox Sturgis, he entered the US Military Academy in 1871 by appointment at large. The 2578th Graduate, he ranked 29th of 43 graduates, in the class of 1875. Appointed 2nd Lt, 7th US Cavalry, on 16 June 1875. Arrived at his duty station of Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, on 29 Oct 1875. During the Sioux Campaign of 1876, he was with Company E, 7th Cavalry, and accompanied Custer's column. His body was never positively identified, as the bodies of the dead soldiers were mutilated by the Indians, and he is presumed buried with the enlisted soldiers in the mass grave at the Battle Monument on Last Stand Hill. In 1877, when the bodies of the enlisted soldiers were being reinterred into a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill, his mother, Jerusha Wilcox Sturgis, insisted on seeing the spot where her son died, and the soldiers created a fake stone grave on the battlefield for her to look at.



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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 22 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5869453
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut James Garland Sturgis (24 Jan 1854–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5869453, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .