McCormick, Samuel J.

Place of Birth: County Tyrone

Date of enlistment: 29 September 1873

Age given at enlistment: 25 10/12

Rank: Private

Company: G

Location on 25 June 1876: In valley & hilltop fights



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. 199.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 254.



He gave his horse to Lt Donald McIntosh

  • Not yet fully researched.
  • Samuel McCormick had grey eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion, was 5′ 6 1/2″ tall,  occupation morocco tanner.
  • Apparently he gave his horse to his company commander, Lt. McIntosh, at the beginning of the retreat from the valley fight and, consequently, was left behind in the timber. He later rejoined his comrades on Reno Hill with the scout, George Herendeen and survived the battle unscathed.
  • McCormick died on 10 September 1908, at the Post Hospital, Fort Meade and was buried in Bear Butte Cemetery, near Sturgis, South Dakota.

Bear Butte Cemetry sign, Sturgis, South Dakpta. Courtesy Fort Meade Museum.

Bear Butte Cemetery

Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota - Lot 3, Section 3,.

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