McIlhargey, Archibald

Place of Birth: Antrim

Date of enlistment: 19 November 1872

Age given at enlistment: 27

Rank: Private

Company: I

Location on 25 June 1876: Crossed river with Reno's column - killed with Custer's column



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. 204.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 263.



Carried the First Message from Reno

Not yet fully researched.

McIlhargey had brown eyes, black hair, a dark c0mplexion, and was 5′ 5″ tall.

Crossed the river with Reno’s battalion. Took the first message to Custer.

Listed as ARCH’D McILHARGEY on the battle monument.


Final Statement of Private Archibald McIlhargey’s signed by Captain Henry J. Nowlan, Commanding Company, at Fort Abraham Lincoln on December 5, 1876.

  • For five years’ continuous service under sec. 2, act August 4, 1854 … $2.00 per month
  • For retained pay under act of May 15, 1872 … $26.40
  • For clothing not drawn in kind … $160.17
  • For deposits with the USA Paymaster August 5th, 1875 … $8.50
  • For tobacco … $1.71
  • The above statement does not take into account pay due for the period May 1 to June 25, 1876 at $13 a month.


His widow married Sergeant Michael Caddle, Company I, on Christmas Day 1877.


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