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CPT George Wilhelmus Mancius “Walter” Yates

CPT George Wilhelmus Mancius “Walter” Yates

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 33)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot A1487, next to Tom Custer (#A1488), 2nd row from road, 30th grave from the right
Memorial ID 8121 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. He served as Captain and commander ofCompany F, 7th United States Cavalry, during the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Killed in action while commanding sub-battalion comprised of Companies E and F, near Custer hill. The son of Richard and Margaret Mancius Yates. Enlisted 20 June 1861 in Company A, 4th Michigan Infantry at Geneva NY. In the First Battle of Bull Run and Seven Days Battle. Appointed First Lieutenant on 26 Sept 1862. Fought at Beverly Ford, Sharpsburg, Antietam, and was wounded at Fredericksburg. Appointed to staff of General Alfred Pleasanton in summer of 1863. Fought at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Mustered out on 28 June 1864. Rejoined as First Lt, 45th US Missouri Infantry, on 24 Aug 1864. Brevetted Major, USV, on 13 March 1865, and Brevet Lt. Col, USV, for valor at Gettysburg. Appointed 2nd Lt, 2nd Cavalry, on 26 March 1866, at Fort McPherson, Nebraska. Divorced Lucretia Beaumont Irwin (whom he had married on 5 Jan 1865) in St. Louis, Mo. on 31 Jan 1867. Assigned to 7th Cavalry on 12 June 1867. Married Annie Gibson Roberts on 12 Feb 1872 in New York City (Annie's father was Milnor Roberts, Chief Engineer for Northern Pacific Railroad). Three children: 2 boys and a girl. In the 1874 Black Hills Expedition. During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Custer split his Battalion into two pieces, giving Captain Yates command of 2 companies; all of Custer's Battalion was wiped out, including Yates' companies. Originally buried on the battlefield, his body was exhumed in July 1877, and buried at Fort Leavenworth.

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