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Sgt Frank E. Noyes Varden

Sgt Frank E. Noyes Varden

Birth
Yarmouth, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
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 Buried in the Mass Grave
Memorial ID 6072837 · View Source
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First Sergeant, Company I, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, along with General George A. Custer and most of the 7th Cavalry.

From 24 Sept 1861 to 23 Nov 1864, he served in Company A, 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry as Frank Varden, and following the Civil War, he decided to return to military service, enlisting as Frank Varden on 15 Dec 1866. On 7 Aug 1871, he deserted and enlisted in the 2nd Cavalry as Frank E. Noyes. Reasons for his desertion are not listed, but many soldiers in this time period deserted one unit to enlist in another unit under an assumed name; it was viewed as having a problem with management or how they were treated, and not a problem with the Army. These soldiers often viewed it as just a means to change jobs with the same employer. But it was still desertion, and the Army, when they caught up with him, did punish him. The punishment was often mild, especially if it was shown that his service was excellent and that he was a good soldier.

He was apprehended on 18 Jan 1872, and assigned to the 7th Cavalry. Due to his continued service and his excellent military record, he was quickly promoted to First Sergeant by Captain Miles Keogh. He was 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. He was not married. During the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876, Custer divided the 7th Cavalry Regiment into three Battalions, with Custer taking five companies with him, the remainder of the unit was split between Major Reno and Captain Benteen. Sergeant Noyes's unit was with Custer's column, and he was killed on Last Stand Hill. Originally, the bodies of the fallen were buried where they fell (the positions of the bodies are marked today with grave stones), and in 1877, the bodies were reinterred into a mass grave at the top of Last Stand Hill.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 6 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6072837
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Frank E. Noyes Varden (1845–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6072837, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .