This Week in Little Bighorn History

Joseph K. Ricketts married Alice Williams on September 25, 1884, with whom he later had a son named Bryan. Joseph was a Wagoner with Company M who was not present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn due to detached service at Powder River, Montana.

John Gorham, who was also known as John E. Quinn, died on September 26, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was a Private in Company D who was not present at the battle due to detached service at the Powder River Depot, Montana, guarding the wagon train.

Captain Thomas B. Weir with Nina Tilford, daughter of Major Joseph G. Tilford, at Fort Seward, Dakota Territory, June 19, 1875.

Thomas Benton Weir (above) was born in Nashville, Ohio, on September 28, 1838. He was the Captain in command of Company D during scouting and the hilltop fight.

Samuel Davis Sturgis (above) died on September 28, 1889, at St. Paul, Minnesota, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. He was the Colonel commanding the Regiment, but he was not present at the battle due to detached service at St. Louis, Missouri. His son, Lt. James Garland Sturgis, was killed with Custer’s Column.

Patrick C. White and Family
(front row from left) Eva, Claire, Patrick, Joseph, Loretta, wife Eliza
(back row from left) Mary, Arthur, and two unknowns

Patrick C. White (above), who used the alias Patrick Connelly, died on September 28, 1909, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery there. He was a Sergeant with Company H who was wounded in the hilltop fight.

Conrad Farber died on September 28, 1896, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a Private with Company I, but he was serving as a carpenter in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the time of the battle.

Many men who were attached to the 7th Cavalry at the time of the Battle of the Little Bighorn later fought and died at Snake Creek (Bear Paw Mountain), Montana, on September 30, 1877. They were initially buried on or near the Snake Creek Battlefield but were moved to the Custer National Cemetery at Crow Agency, Montana, on August 7, 1913.

James Montgomery Bell (above) was born on October 1, 1837, in Williamsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. He was the First Lieutenant for Company D who was not present at the battle because he was on leave. He was promoted to Captain effective June 25, 1876, due to the death of Captain George Yates.

Joseph Milton died in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, on October 1, 1904. He was a Private in Company F who was not present at the battle due to detached service, serving as the cook for the regimental band.

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