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Corp Martin V Green

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Corp Martin V Green

Green was assigned to Troop M, 5th U.S. Cavalry at Camp Sheridan, Nebraska. He died from the effects of a gun shot wound and subsequent amputation of his leg. He was originally buried in the post cemetery at Fort Robinson and was reinterred at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in 1947 with most of the burials after the Army closed Fort Robinson.

The circumstances of his death are recounted in a contemporary newspaper article that illustrates the explosive violence of life on the frontier: The story was headlined "Gunfight at Camp Sheridan" and reads: "A special from Fort Robinson, Nebr., of September 26 says: The mail carrier brings news from Camp Sheridan of a horrible carnival of blood, in a low den of iniquity near that place, in which two men were killed, two dangerously, perhaps fatally, wounded and several others bruised. Last Saturday night there was a large attendance of cowboys and soldiers in the place. Poor whiskey and lively dancing soon caused bad blood. It began by a drunken Mexican brandishing a revolver and threatening to shoot the bartender for swindling him. A dozen cowboys drew revolvers simultaneously. A shot was fired and one of the cowboys, Ed Collins, fell mortally wounded, having shot himself while drawing his revolver. The dance was resumed twenty minutes after his body had been removed. Jim Joyce and a desperado named Page soon got into a rough and tumble fight, however, over the proprietorship of a girl known as Beaver Tooth Nell, and it ended by Page shooting Joyce fatally. Sergeant (sic) Green of Company M, Fifth Cavalry, attempted to disarm Page and received a shot which necessitated the amputation of his leg. He will probably die. The soldiers at once retaliated by firing their revolvers into the Page crowd as they rushed out on the prairie. The women, scantily dressed, here returned from the rooms to which they had withdrawn, and ran screaming about the place, and the scene that followed baffles description. The melee ended in a rough and tumble fight between the cowboys and the soldiers, which would have resulted in a terrible loss of life but for the timely arrival of the military from the post. One of the females had an eye knocked out during the melee, while two cowboys, whose names are unknown, are badly wounded. The murderer Page is in the guard house and the soldiers threaten to lynch him"


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Martin V Green Nebraska Cpl 5 Cav October 25 1880


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  • Created by: George Bacon
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 720559
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Martin V Green (unknown–25 Oct 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 720559, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by George Bacon (contributor 46523227) .