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Pvt. William George

Friends member Jim Byrnes was gracious to send us these photos of the grave of Pvt. William Montell George. Pvt. George served in Company H and fought during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

George was born in 1850 at Lexington, Kentucky. He would serve in several different units starting in 1864 eventually enlisting in the 7th Cavalry in 1866. George was discharged after serving his term but soon enlisted again in 1875 when he was assigned to Company H.

Pvt. George was severely wounded during the Hilltop Fight on June 26th. George lived long enough to make it to the steamer Far West with the other wounded, but he succumbed to his wounds on July 3, 1876 under the care of Dr. Henry Porter.

The Far West docked at the Powder River Depot near the confluence of the Powder and Yellowstone Rivers long enough to bury the 26 year old private. George’s gravesite is located about seven miles west of Terry, Montana. His headstone was dedicated on July 4, 1975.

Thank you for sharing these photos with us Jim.

September 2007

Update May 12, 2008: Jim sent us new photos of George's grave. The higher resolution photos, shot on May 5, 2008, can be seen below.


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