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South Dakota website!
Born: 1849 (Edinburgh,
Died: September 19, 1882
Grave location: Post
Cemetery, Fort Meade, Sturgis, SD
Grave GPS Coordinates: N44 24.138
His second enlistment was on August 29, 1871, in Louisville,
Kentucky by Lt. William Cooke. He was discharged on August 29, 1876,
at Fort Rice, Dakota, upon expiration of service, as a private of
good character. He re-enlisted and was transferred to Company A.
He had blue eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion, and was 5’ 5
½” in height. He is listed elsewhere as Daniel McWilliams.
Mark Kellogg, reporter from the Bismarck Tribune who was along
on the 1876 Sioux Campaign, kept a diary. The entry for June 6th
read: “Private McWilliams accidentally shot himself with a revolver
today; ball took effect calf leg ran down tendon and lodged just
under the skin top of foot, flesh wound lay him up a month.” The
accident happened on the west fork of O’Fallon’s Creek, Montana
Territory. He was transported to Fort Abraham Lincoln on the
steamboat Far West. He committed suicide by taking an overdose
of laudanum. His widow married another 7th Cavalry member, Max