He enlisted on October 14, 1873 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Lt.
William Volkmar. He listed his previous occupation as laborer.
He was discharged on October 14, 1878, at Fort Lincoln, Dakota, upon
expiration of service, as a private of excellent character. He had
grey eyes, auburn hair, ruddy complexion, and was 5’ 6 ¾” tall. He
is listed as John Lattmann in the Register of Enlistments, U.S.
Army, and elsewhere as John Lattman.** He homesteaded on 160 acres
of land northeast of Rapid City, South Dakota, where he raised
cattle. At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he was left in the
timber during the retreat from the valley. He made it to the hilltop
later. He was possibly a member of Herendeen’s group.
Born: 1848* (Zurich,
Died: October 7, 1913
(Rapid City, South Dakota)
Grave location: Elk Vale
Cemetery, northeast of Rapid City, SD
GPS Coordinates: N44 13.449 W103 09.012
* WPA graves records in the South Dakota State Archives indicate
Lattman’s year of birth as 1851.
** This is the spelling on his headstone and the one I am using