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Died: August 13, 1874
Grave location: Private
land west on Nemo Road from Rapid City, South Dakota
Grave GPS Coordinates: N44
08.137 W103 23.481
Private James King was a member of Captain Benteen’s Company
H. During the Black Hills Expedition of 1874, King became ill
on the journey home to Fort Lincoln. Private Ewert wrote that
“King fainted twice in the sun but was still marked for duty”.
He died the following afternoon. Ewert wrote: “In the grey
twilight of morning, the men with bowed heads, tears trickling down
the sun-burnt cheeks, the dead body suspended over the grave, the
Captain with his grey hair reading the service, the silence, all are
impressed on my memory never to be erased.”
As part of an Eagle Scout project, King’s grave was fixed up and
fenced. It sits on private land west of Rapid City on Nemo
Road. The grave is easily visible from the road. If you
decide to walk out to the grave, please stop and get landowner's
permission first. When I stopped, I was warned of the
possibility of snakes in the ditch. I grabbed a large stick
and swatted the ground in front of me as I walked. Thankfully
I didn't see any snakes.
Private King's grave as seen from