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Lattman, John

Private

Company G

Born: 1848* (Zurich, Switzerland)

Died: October 7, 1913 (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Grave location: Elk Vale Cemetery, northeast of Rapid City, SD

Grave GPS Coordinates: N44 13.449 W103 09.012

He enlisted on October 14, 1873 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Lt. William Volkmar.  He listed his previous occupation as laborer. He was discharged on October 14, 1878, at Fort Lincoln, Dakota, upon expiration of service, as a private of excellent character. He had grey eyes, auburn hair, ruddy complexion, and was 5’ 6 ¾” tall. He is listed as John Lattmann in the Register of Enlistments, U.S. Army, and elsewhere as John Lattman.** He homesteaded on 160 acres of land northeast of Rapid City, South Dakota, where he raised cattle. At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he was left in the timber during the retreat from the valley. He made it to the hilltop later. He was possibly a member of Herendeen’s group.

* WPA graves records in the South Dakota State Archives indicate Lattman’s year of birth as 1851.

** This is the spelling on his headstone and the one I am using here.

Headstone for John Lattman.

Elk Vale Cemetery northeast of Rapid City where John Lattman is buried.

Finding John Lattman video



WPA Graves Registration Project - Lattman - pay particular attention to the mention of fellow trooper Charles Windolph


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