Private, Company M, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in which General George A. Custer and most of the 7th Cavalry were killed.
He enlisted in 1873 in Company I, 6th Infantry, and upon his discharge in May 1876, reenlisted in Company M, 7th US Cavalry. He was 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches tall, with blue eyes, sandy hair, and a ruddy complexion. During the Battle, his company was assigned to Reno's Battalion, and he was killed in the valley fight at the edge of the timberline, as the retreat began on June 25. After the battle, the dead soldiers were buried where they fell, and in 1877, the bodies were reinterred into a mass grave at the top of Last Stand Hill. In some references, his last name is spelled as Somers and Sommers.