In 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.
- PVT F 7TH US CAV
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/10/1896
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION 13 SITE 13328
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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