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Fitzgerald, John

Place of Birth: Staffordshire

Date of enlistment: 19 January 1872

Age given at enlistment: 30

Rank: Farrier

Company: C

Location on 25 June 1876: In hilltop fight

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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. 125.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 124.

Was with Custer’s column on 25 June but his horse became exhausted and he joined the force on Reno Hill.

An Exhausted Horse Saved His Life

Farrier John Fitzgerald, Company C, Seventh United States Cavalry Regiment, date ca.1875. (Original photograph most generously donated to 'Men With Custer UK' by Joseph Millazzo, Littleton, Colorado)

John Fitzgerald, almost certainly of Irish descent, was born in Burslem (since incorporated in the Stoke-on-Trent), Staffordshire, sometime around 1834 – not 1841 as is near universally claimed. He had blue eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion, and was 5′ 4″ tall.

Fitzgerald was with Custer’s column until his mount became exhausted and he joined the force on Reno Hill.

He died on 7 May 1900 in New York City.

Not yet fully researched.

Unknown 7th U.S. Cavalry Trooper ca. 1876.

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