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He enlisted in the 7th Cavalry on December 3, 1867, in New York
City. He was discharged on December 3, 1872 in Louisville and
re-enlisted the same day by Lt. Cooke. He listed his previous
occupation as gasfitter. He was promoted to segeant on
November 10, 1876. He was discharged on December 3, 1877, at
camp near Fort Buford, D.T., on expiration of service, as a sergeant
of excellent character. He had blue eyes, brown hair, dark
complexion, and was 5’ 8 ¼” tall. His civil occupation was as
a packer and teamster. He resided in Bismarck until June 28,
1878. He applied for a pension in 1891 but was denied.
He is listed elsewhere as James H. Rooney and Roonay. He
served in the QMD, Fort Meade, SD, in 1908. He was admitted to
the Yankton State Hospital in July 1911. He died at age 74 at
3:45pm on August 5, 1918, at Yankton State Hospital. Cause of
death was carcinoma of the lip. Buried in Grave 593, Yankton
State Hospital Cemetery (now South Dakota Human Services
Center). At the time of the Little Bighorn battle, he was a
private in F Company assigned to the pack train and took part in the
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James M. Rooney
Born: 1848 (New York City, NY)
Died: August, 5, 1918 (Yankton, SD)
Grave location: South Dakota Human Services Center Cemetery,
Yankton, South Dakota
Grave GPS Coordinates:
54.553 W097 24.422
From the book, Camp, Custer, and
the Little Bighorn by Richard G. Hardorff -- "The men who
went back to check on the pack that was lost were Sgt. William A.
Curtiss and Privates James M. Rooney, William Brown, Patrick Bruce,
and Sebastian Omling, all of F Company."