Pvt Thomas P. Sweetser

Birth
Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 25–26)
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 6085995 · View Source
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Private, Company A, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in which General George A. Custer and most of the 7th Cavalry were killed.

He was enlisted on 8 Sept 1875, in Boston, Mass. where he listed his previous occupation as Carpenter. He was 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a dark complexion. The 1876 Sioux Campaign was his first and only battle. During the battle, his company was assigned to Major Reno's column, and he was killed in the valley fight, before Reno's retreat to the hilltop. After the battle, the bodies of the dead soldiers were buried where they were found, and in 1877, the bodies were reinterred into a mass grave at the top of Last Stand Hill. His mother, Mary N. Sweetser, of Reading, Mass. applied for his pension. He was not married.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 12 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6085995
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Thomas P. Sweetser (1850–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6085995, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .