Graham, Charles

Place of Birth: County Tyrone

Date of enlistment: 1 July 1872

Age given at enlistment: 35

Rank: Private

Company: L

Location on 25 June 1876: With Custer's column



Name, date and place of birth not yet verified.

He lay between Calhoun and Keogh!

County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

  • According to Walter Camp Notes, Lilly Library, Indiana University “Graham of I Troop lay between Calhoun and Keogh.”  Of course Camp refers to the body of Graham being found (and presumably identified) between Calhoun Hill and the ‘Keogh sector,’ not literally between the lieutenant and the captain!
  • Although Private Charles Graham was most likely to have been born in County Tyrone, present-day Northern Ireland, his year of birth, and perhaps even his name, must remain uncertain. His first two enlistments suggest it was 1832 rather than 1837, but could have been at anytime in between or earlier.
  • Listed as CHAS. GRAHAM on the battle monument.

'Men With Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry'. Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird (2010), CBHMA, Inc. Page 149.

  • The above biography does not include any reference to the periods that Charles Graham fell foul, for reasons not disclosed, of army discipline. “In confinement December 1859; in confinement August 1860; in confinement October 1862; sentenced by general court martial December 1862 to forfeiture of half pay for two months and to perform police duty with ball and chain for 30 days.” (Source: Military Register of Custer’s Last Command, 2009, p.139, Roger L. Williams.)


  • Final Statement of Private Charles Graham signed by 1st Lieut. W.S. Edgerly, Commanding Company, at Fort Abraham Lincoln on 31 January 1877.
  • 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 … $47.80
  • For clothing not drawn in kind … $131.64
  • Proceeds of sale of effects [April 26, 1877] … $9.00
  • For tobacco … $1.14
  • The above statement does not take into account basic pay due for the period May 1 to June 25, 1876.
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