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Born: 1848 (Tyrone, Ireland)
Died: September 10, 1908
Grave location: Bear Butte
Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota
GPS Coordinates: N44 24.623 W103 29.689
He enlisted on September 29, 1873 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by
Lt. William Volkmar. He listed his previous occupation as morocco
tanner. He was discharged on September 29, 1878, at Fort Lincoln,
Dakota, upon expiration of service, as a private of good character.
He had grey eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion, and was 5’ 6 ½”
tall. During the Little Bighorn battle he was involved in both
the valley and hilltop fights. When the troops retreated from
the valley to the hilltop, McCormick gave his horse to his captain,
Donald McIntosh. McIntosh took the horse and left the timber. He was
killed nearby soon after his escape. McCormick remained in the
timber and eventually left with scout George Herendeen. They
rejoined the troops on the hilltop and McCormick went on to live
another 32 years.