Pvt Ludwick St. John

Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 28)
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 6086226 · View Source
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Private, Company C, 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 also killed.

The son of Campbell and Frances Jane St. John. He enlisted in 1861 at age 13 in the 9th Missouri Cavalry, under COL Odon Guitar. He was sentenced to reduction from Corporal and loss of $10 per month for six months, for speaking disrespectfully to his commanding officer, and for being drunk on duty while in charge of the guard over prisoners. After the Civil War, he became a farmer, then on 15 Dec 1874, he enlisted into the 7th Cavalry. On 8 May 1875, he was court-martialed for desertion and theft of his carbine, pistol and other equipment valued at $117.31, and sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and confinement in a military prison for two years. On 23 Sept 1875, his sentence was reduced to confinement at hard labor and loss of all pay for eight months. On 28 April 1876, the unexecuted portion of his sentence was remitted for the upcoming Sioux Campaign, and he returned to his unit. He was killed on Last Stand Hill. Originally the bodies were buried where they fell, and in June 1877, the bodies were reinterred into a mass grave at the top of Last Stand Hill.



  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 12 Jan 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6086226
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Ludwick St. John (3 Mar 1848–25 Jun 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6086226, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .