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Doll, Jacob W.

Place of Birth: Russel

Date of enlistment: 21 March 1876

Age given at enlistment: 26

Rank: Private

Company: B

Location on 25 June 1876: Powder River Depot

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Comments:

Name, date and place of birth not yet verified. For details of his military service consult: (i) ‘Military Register of Custer’s Last Command,’ Roger L. Williams, The Arthur H. Clark Company, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009, p. 110.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 104.

 

The Mystery Trooper from Who Knows Where?

No one matching Jacob Doll’s personal details has been identified as being born anywhere in the United Kingdom. Also, there is no village, town or city in England with the name of ‘Russel.’  Was he born in ‘Russel’s Green, Suffolk,’ ‘Russell Green, Sussex,’ ‘Russell Town, Bristol,’ or ‘Kingston Russell, Dorset.’?  Did he mean ‘Rushall,’ (some pronounce ‘Rus-al) in Herefordshire, Norfolk, Wiltshire and Walsall?  Or was it none of these places!

We know he had brown eyes, black hair, a fair complexion, was 5′ 7″ tall, previous occupation, a baker. Doll deserted from Fort Abraham Lincoln 19 November 1877 and was never apprehended. 

So, who was Jacob Doll? Where did he really come from?

His true identity and his fate remain unknown to this writer.

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