This website is dedicated to the 7th Cavalry troopers who are buried in South Dakota. From the tragic death of Abram Brant only hours before he was to receive his Medal of Honor to the murder of Elijah Strode, the lives of these 7th Cavalrymen is anything but boring. Together, their lives span from before the Civil War, through Wounded Knee and up to the 1950s. Even though their lives didn't grab the headlines like General Custer, their stories are worth exploring, even more so in my opinion.
"The battlefields are silent now. The graves all look the same." -- Motorhead,Voices from the War
Born: June 12, 1860 (Bavaria, Germany)
Died: September 12, 1917 (Sykes, Montana)
Grave location: St. Aloysius Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota
Grave GPS Coordinates: N44 24.843 W103 31.174
He enlisted on November 15, 1875, in New York City by Lt. John Babcock. He listed his previous occupation as musician. He was discharged on November 14, 1880, at Fort Meade, Dakota, upon expiration of service, as a private of excellent character. He re-enlisted for another five year term. He had dark eyes, dark hair, a light complexion, and was 5’ 5 ½” in height. He is listed as Peter Eisenberge* in the Register of Enlistments, U.S. Army and on Special Order No. 24, Headquarters, Mounted Recruiting Service, St. Louis Barracks, by which order he was transferred to the 7th Cavalry. He was not present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He was on detached service from June 14, 1876, at Yellowstone Depot, Montana Territory.
*I am using Eixenberger here as that is the way his name appears on his headstone.
Headstone for Peter Eixenberger at St. Aloysius Cemetery - Sturgis, South Dakota