This is a reference book about the officers, enlisted men, Indian scouts, citizens and quartermaster employees who were members of, employed by, or associated with, the 7th U.S. Cavalry on June 25, 1876.
Dr. Kenneth Hammer was the author of 7th Cavalry biographical sketches published in 1964 (Little Big Horn Biographies), 1972 (Men With Custer), and again in 1972 (Biographies of the 7th Cavalry). In 1991 the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association (CBHMA) purchased a revised manuscript from Dr. Hammer and in 1995 published Men With Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry. Although the main source of information for the book was provided by Dr. Hammer, the book did include biographical and historical data from a number of other sources. This additional information was not approved by Dr. Hammer and he was erroneously listed as the book's author. CBHMA takes sole responsibility for any typographical or interpretation errors in the book and regrets any embarrassment the Association may have caused Dr. Hammer.
This book is a revised edition of the 1995 edition of Men With Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry and includes updates and revisions to many of the biographies. Dr. Hammer has not been involved in this edition of the book.
The names listed in this book are alphabetically indexed by last name, except the Indian scout names are indexed by first names. Because names were sometimes recorded differently in various records, it is impossible to determine with certainty the correct spelling of some names. More than 80 aliases increased the complexity of determining correct names, and the aliases are listed in a separate alphabetical roster in the appendix.
The battle monument, often referred to in the biographical sketches, is the Wisconsin granite shaft located on Custer Ridge at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. The monument contains the names of those killed at the Little Big Horn battle on June 25-26, 1876, and those troopers who later died of wounds sustained during the battle. The Yellowstone Depot, frequently mentioned in the text, was also called the Powder River Camp but since there was more than one such camp the term Yellowstone Depot refers to the supply depot on the Yellowstone River at the confluence of the Powder River. Indian Scout Post No. 1 Cemetery, located 3 1/2 miles west of White Shield, North Dakota, on the Fort Berthold Reservation, has grave‐ stones of at least 33 scouts who were in the detachment of Indian scouts in 1876.
The U.S. Soldiers Home, mentioned in the text, is the present U.S. Soldiers and Airmen Home in Washington, D.C., and was the favorite retirement home for old 7th Cavalry soldiers. The National Military Home, also mentioned, was the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers of the Civil War, with branches in Togus, Maine; Hampton, Virginia; Danville, Illinois; Wood (near Milwaukee), Wisconsin; Sawtelle (near Los Angeles), California; Dayton, Ohio; Mountain Home (near Johnson City), Tennessee ; Leavenworth, Kansas; Bath, NY; and Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Hot Springs, South Dakota. The National Military Home was consolidated with the Veterans Bureau and the Bureau of Pensions into the Veterans Administration by Executive Order of President Herbert Hoover on July 21, 1930.