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: May 31, 1845 (Cork, Ireland)
Died: July 27, 1918 (Sturgis, SD)
Grave location: St. Aloysius Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota
Grave GPS Coordinates: N44 24.826 W103 31.147
He enlisted on September 24, 1875 in St. Louis by Lt. John Thompson. He listed his previous occupation as laborer. He was discharged on September 30, 1880, at Fort Meade, Dakota, upon expiration of service, as a private of excellent character. He had blue eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, and was 5’ 7” in height. Mahoney’s life was spared on June 25, 1876 by the fact that he was detailed to serve with the pack train. His Company C was one of the companies that accompanied Custer and was wiped out during the Little Bighorn battle. He served with the packs and took part in the hilltop fight.
Headstone for John Mahoney at St. Aloysius Cemetery - Sturgis, South Dakota
John Mahoney, Company C, 7th U. S. Cavalry
Finding Mahoney - Mahoney's grave in St. Aloysius cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.