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Pvt George E. Smith

Pvt George E. Smith

Birth
Kennebunk, York County, Maine, 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 In the Mass Grave
Memorial ID 7734338 · View Source
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Private, Company M, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana.

Born in Kennebunk, Maine, he enlisted on 6 September 1875 in Boston, Massachusetts, giving his occupation as shoemaker. He had gray eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion, and was 5 feet, 6 ½ inches tall. He was missing and presumed killed in action during the valley floor fight on 25 June 1876. Before the skirmish line formed at the beginning of the valley fight, he lost control of his horse, which stampeded into the hostile Indians coming from the Indian Village. His body was never found. Private William Slaper later wrote in his book Troopers with Custer that " Our horses were scenting danger before we dismounted, and several at this point became unmanageable and headed straight for the opening among the Indians, carrying their helpless riders with them. One of the boys, a young fellow named Smith, of Boston, we never saw again, dead or alive." His name is listed on the mass grave, as presumed dead.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 4 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7734338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt George E. Smith (1850–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7734338, citing Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .