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Krusee, Henry "Harry"

aka Melanchton H. Crussy


Company G

Born: October 5, 1840 (New York City, New York)

Died: June 3, 1925 (Hot Springs, South Dakota)

Grave Location: Hot Springs National Cemetery, Hot Springs, South Dakota

Grave GPS Coordinates: N43 26.414 W103 28.326

He re-enlisted on 14 August 1866 in New York, NY for 5 years. He was 25 years of age. He listed his job as clerk. He was listed as having blue eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion, and was 5’ 7” high. He joined Company D of the 7th Cavalry on 10 September 1866 at Fort Riley, Kansas and was appointed first sergeant on the same date. He was reduced to private on 18 July 1867. 

He was recommended by Captain Weir to re-enlist in Company D on 4 June 1875 but this was not approved by the Adjutant General’s Office. He enlisted as Melanchton H. Crussy on 1 December 1875 in St. Louis, Missouri, for 5 years. He joined Company G of the 7th Cavalry on 27 April 1876 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He was on detached service from June 15, 1876, at Yellowstone Depot, so he therefore missed the Little Big Horn fight. He was appointed corporal, effective June 25, 1876, per SO 57, Hq., 7th Cavalry, July 9, 1876. 

He was promoted to sergeant on 4 January 1877. Krusee was transferred to Company H on 8 February 1877. Promoted to 1st Sergeant on 13 February 1877. He was discharged 30 November 1880 at Fort Meade, Dakota Territory upon expiration of service as a private and re-enlisted in Company H for 5 years. Krusee was transferred to Company L on 8 August 1882 and was listed as a private on 31 August 1882. He was sentenced at a general court martial on 26 January 1884 to forfeiture of $10 pay/month for 6 months. He was discharged 30 November 1885 at Fort Meade by expiration of service as a private of excellent character. He died 3 June 1925 at Hot Springs, South Dakota, and is buried in the National Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Listed as Melanchton H. Crussy in the Register of Enlistments, USA. Listed elsewhere as Melancthon H. Cressey, Melanchlow Crussy, Cressy, Crissy and Crusey. His wife Mary O., was born about 1851 in Georgia. Their children, all born in Dakota, were: Julia (1873); Arthur W.(1875); Harry M. (1877); and Robert (January 1880).

Headstone for Henry "Harry" Krusee at the Hot Springs National Cemetery - Hot Springs, South Dakota

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