Edward Botzer

Edward Botzer

Birth
Germany
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 30–31)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
Memorial ID 60076522 · View Source
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1st Sgt Botzer enlisted into the US Army on November 26, 1866 in New York NY. He was described as 5'6", blue eyes, brown hair & a fair complexion. His civilian occupation was clerk.

When Botzer's enlistment ended in November 1871, he reenlisted with the 7th Cavalry at Spartanburg South Carolina. He would later become the acting 1st Sgt of G Company. G Company was commanded by Lt Donald McIntosh.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, G Company was attached to Reno's Battlaion. During Reno's disorganized retreat from the Valley Fight, Botzer was killed near the east bank of the Little Bighorn River at what is now called Reno's Crossing.

After the battle Botzer' "terribly mutilated" body was found close to the remains of Lt Benjamin Hodgson. He was likely first buried on the battlefield, where his remains were found.

In 1881, all known battlefield burials were re-buried in a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill.

In 1998 a ring, with the letter E, was sold at an auction. The ring had been found at the bottom of the Little Bighorn River near Reno's Crossing. The ring was believed to belong to either Botzer or a Pvt Elihu Clear.

In 1989 some of Botzer's remains were found near Reno's crossing of the Little Bighorn River. These remains were interred at the Custer National Cemetery.

Bio by: Randy


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  • Maintained by: ShaneO
  • Originally Created by: letsgogirls
  • Added: 14 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 60076522
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Botzer (1845–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 60076522, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .