O'Neill, James

Place of Birth: Liverpool

Date of enlistment: 8 November 1872

Age given at enlistment: 21

Rank: Private

Company: B

Location on 25 June 1876: Fort Abraham Lincoln



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. 238.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 305.

A Diminutive Scouser

  • Not yet fully researched.
  • James O’Neill was only 5′ 4 1/4″ tall, had blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion.
  • He was  sick on 17 May 1876 and remained behind in the Post Hospital at Fort Abraham Lincoln before being discharged for disability at the fort on 18 September on a surgeon’s certificate for “chronic bronchitis and incipient tuberculosis originated last winter in Louisiana & increased by transfer to Dakota Territory”(Military Register. p. 238). 
  • His date of death remains unknown to this writer.  According to Roger Williams he was not the James O’Neill, a single man, died 17 December 1931 in the National Military Home, Sawtelle, California, from adenoma of the prostate and chronic myocarditis and buried 21 December 1931 in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.





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