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 James Calhoun

James Calhoun

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 30)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section A, site 1489
Memorial ID 9168 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of a merchant, he spent the first half of the Civil War traveling in Europe. After his return to the United States, he enlisted in Company D, 23rd Ohio Infantry in January 1864, and rose to 1st Sergeant before the end of the war. He joined the Regular Army after the war was over, and received a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on the 32nd Infantry on July 31, 1867. After being on duty in the Arizona Territory, he was re-assigned to Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer's 7th United States Cavalry regiment upon Army reorganization in January 1871. He soon became part of Colonel Custer's inner circle, and eventually married Custer's sister Margaret Emma Custer. While with the 7th Cavalry be served in the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, the 1874 Black Hills Expedition, and the June 1876 Little Big Horn Campaign. At the Battle of Little Big Horn, he accompanied his brother-in-law with the portion of the regiment that was eventually surrounded and wiped out in one of the most well-known American military actions of the later 19th century. Originally buried on the battlefield where he fell, in 1877 his remains, along with his brother-in-law Thomas Custer and fellow 7th Cavalry casualty Captain George W.M. Yates, were re-interred in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Kansas.

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  • Added: 18 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9168
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Calhoun (24 Aug 1845–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9168, citing Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .