Sergeant, United States Army
Orderly for Major Marcus Reno At
The Battle of the Little Big Horn
the valley and hilltop fights, Battle of the Little Big Horn:
Born: Limerick, Ireland. Enlisted: August 12, 1872, at age 26, in Louisville, Kentucky, by Lieutenant William Cooke. Lieutenant Edward Godfrey wrote, "During the retreat, Private Davern, Troop F, had a hand-to-hand conflict with an Indian; his horse was killed; he then shot the Indian, caught the Indian's pony, and rode to the command."
Private Davern was appointed Sergeant on Special Order Number 78, Headquarters, 7th Cavalry, September 25, 1876, to date from September 27, 1876. Discharged on August 12, 1877, at Camp Yellowstone, Montana Territory, upon expiration of service, as a Sergeant of excellent character.
He re-enlisted and was on duty at Fort Totten, Dakota Territory. Testified at the Reno Court of Inquiry in Chicago on January 29-30, 1879. Regimental Order Number 60, September 15, 1887, continued Corporal Davern, as he re-enlisted in the grade of Corporal.
He had gray eyes, brown hair, fair complexion
and was 5' 6" in height. Died August 10, 1896, and is buried in Section
13 of Arlington National Cemetery.