GRAVESITES OF THE 7TH
CAVALRY -- SOUTH DAKOTA
"The battlefields are silent
now. The graves all look the same." -- Motorhead, Voices from the War
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of the Little Big Horn, or Custer's Last Stand, is one of the
most written about events in history. Even today it
still commands attention. Everyone has heard of Custer.
He wasn't the only soldier there. This website is dedicated to
the 7th Cavalry troopers who are buried in South
Dakota. The lives of these
troopers are sprinkled not only with determination, courage,
and heroism, but also suicide, mystery, and murder. There
are some very interesting stories attached to these
otherwise normal individuals. From
the tragic death of Abram Brant only hours before he was to
receive his Medal of Honor to the murder of Elijah Strode, the
lives of these 7th Cavalrymen was anything but mundane. Together, their lives span from before the
Civil War, through Wounded Knee and World Wars I and II, and
up to the 1950s. Even though their lives
didn't grab the headlines like their famous lieutenant colonel
their stories are worth exploring, even more so in my opinion.
It was my original intention to get a photo of every 7th
Cavalry gravesite in South Dakota.
That simple endeavor has grown into a much larger
monster. In addition to the graves, I have visited and
photographed the former residences of some of the soldiers.
I comb the Archives looking
for obituaries, articles, and news stories relating to these
men. I have also marked each grave location using a GPS
device. This project has definitely taken on a life of
There are several documents on the website -
newspaper articles, obituaries, etc. Most of these are
in the PDF format. In order to view these you will need
some software. Chances are that you already have this on
your computer. If not, here's a free reader.
any information that you might have on this subject. I
also encourage you to write if you have any questions.
Not all the information I have is on this website.
I am particularly interested in any photos that may
exist of these men. In those days cameras were not as
accessible as they are today. Usually it was only the
officers who appeared in photos. Occasionally an
enlisted man may be "caught" by the camera, but this was a
much more rare occurrence than you might think. Those
troopers who lived longer into the 20th century were far more
likely to have been photographed than those who died much