This Week in Little Bighorn History

Henry Fehler died from alcohol poisoning on May 15, 1889, in Watrous, New Mexico, and was buried in the Fort Union Cemetery in Mora County, New Mexico. He was a Sergeant in Company A who participated in the valley and hilltop fights during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Charles Theodore Wiedman died on May 15, 1921, in Oatman, Arizona, and was buried five days later at the Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman, Arizona. He was a Private in Company M who participated in the valley fight and was wounded in the hilltop fight.

James Hurd was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, on May 16, 1850. He was a Private in Company D who participated in the hilltop fight during the battle.

Ami Cheever was born on May 16, 1849, in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. He was a Private in Company L who was killed in the hilltop fight.

George Eisemann was born on May 16, 1854, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a Private in Company C who was killed with Custer’s Column and was buried on Last Stand Hill.

The Seventh Cavalry left Fort Abraham Lincoln on the Little Bighorn Campaign on May 17, 1876.

Ferdinand Klawitter (left) died in Nax, North Dakota, on May 17, 1924, and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was a Private in Company B who was not present at the battle due to detached service at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, tending the company garden.

Herbert Hezekiah Arnold was born on May 19, 1853, in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He was a Private in Company C who was not present at the battle due to detached service at Fort Abraham Lincoln.

Hiram Erastus Brown, who was also known as Erastus Groves Brown, died in Watervliet, New York, on May 20, 1904, and was buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, Albany County, New York.  He was a Private in Company F who was not present at the battle due to detached service at Powder River, Montana, with the wagon train.

James Robert Bustard was born on May 21, 1844, in Drumbar, County Donegal, Ireland. He was a Sergeant in Company I who was killed with Custer’s Column.

Thomas Mower McDougall (left) was born at Fort Crawford, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1845. He was a Captain, commanding Company B during the battle, and was with the pack train and in the hilltop fight.

Hugo Findeisen committed suicide on May 21, 1881, at the Fort Hamilton, New York, hospital and was buried in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn. He was a Sergeant in Company L who was not present at the battle due to detached service at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, where he was in charge of the company garden.

Curley (left) died of pneumonia at the Crow Agency in Montana on May 21, 1923, and was buried in the Custer National Cemetery there. He was a Scout who rode with Custer’s Column.