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Elijah Strode


Company A

Born: March 1851 (Monroe County, Kentucky)

Died: February 14, 1881 (Sturgis, South Dakota)

Grave location: Post Cemetery, Fort Meade, Sturgis, South Dakota

Grave GPS Coordinates: N44 24.146 W103 28.600

He enlisted on October 15, 1872, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky by Lt. Algernon Smith. He listed his previous occupation as farmer. He was assigned to Company A; transferred to Company H. He was discharged on June 24, 1877, at camp on Tongue River, Montana Territory, as a private of good character. He re-enlisted and was promoted to sergeant, Company D, in 1877. He had brown hair, brown eyes, a fair complexion, and was 5’ 9 ¾”in height. He is listed as Elija T. Strode in the Register of Enlistments, U.S. Army, and elsewhere as Strond, Elijah Stroude, and Elijah T. Stroud.  He was serving as orderly for Lt. Charles Varnum at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He was wounded in the right ankle during the scramble to the bluffs from the valley fight.  He was transported to Fort Lincoln on board the steamer Far West.  He was murdered on February 14, 1881.

Notes – Some reports list that he was shot at Fort Yates and was transported to Fort Meade, where he died. This seemed strange to me as anyone who has been to the Dakotas knows the distance between Fort Yates and Fort Meade. This was well before the helicopter transport days. A trip from Fort Yates to Fort Meade would have taken many days, if not weeks. I just couldn’t believe that it happened that way.  A trip to the State Archives in Pierre, South Dakota confirmed my suspicions. Looking through the microfiche of newspapers from around the time of Strode’s murder, I found reference to it and the trial in the BLACK HILLS DAILY TIMES. By reading the newspaper accounts it became clear that Strode was shot and died in Sturgis.

Headstone for Elijah Strode at the Post Cemetery - Fort Meade - Sturgis, South Dakota

Saloon, circa 1882, located between Fort Meade and Sturgis.  Strode was murdered in
February 1881.  Could this possibly be the site of the crime???

Judge G. C. Moody - presided over the Strode murder trials.

Newspaper coverage of the murder of Elijah Strode [including Whalen's 2nd murder trial]

  Fort Meade Post Cemetery Record of Interments indicating the burial of Elijah Strode


Joseph Bates aka Joseph Murphy -- Abram Brant -- Alexander Brown -- John Burri -- Rose Courtney -- Peter Eixenberger -- Moses Flint

Edward Garlick  -- Max Goetze -- John Hammon -- Max Hoehn -- Jacob Katzemeir -- James King -- John Lattman -- John Mahoney

Samuel McCormick -- James McGee -- David McWilliams -- Jan Mollar -- Daniel Newell -- Olans Northeg -- John Pahl

James Rooney -- Elijah Strode -- Peter Thompson -- George Weaver -- Henry Charles Weihe -- Markus Weiss -- Charles Windolph