D Troop, 7th Cavalry Regiment Muster Roll


Muster Roll of Captain Edward S. Godfrey’s Troop D of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry, Army of the United States, (Colonel James W. Forsyth,) from the 31st day of October, 1890 to the 31st day of December, 1890. [Names in bold are believed to have been present at the battle of Wounded Knee.  Those annotated with * were wounded in action, those annotated with § were killed in action or died of wounds. There were no soldiers in Troop D awarded the Medal of Honor or the Certificate of Merit.]

Captain Godfrey, Edward S.: On detached service at Leavenworth, Kans., since Apr. 1, 89, as a member of the tactical board, per Special Order #68 Headquarters  of the Army Adjutant General’s Office Mch. 23, 89. Relieved from duty as a member of the tactical board Nov. 28, 90 per Paragraph Special Order #278 Headquarters  of the Army Adjutant General’s Office Nov. 28, 90. Rejoined Troop at Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S. D. Dec. 6, 90. Resumed command of Troop Dec. 7, 1890. [LBH]

First Lieutenant Robinson, William W.: In command of Troop from Feb. 2, 89 to Dec. 6, 90. Sick in quarters from Dec. 12, 90 to Dec. 14, 90. Disease “acute bronchial catarrh” contacted in line of duty. On special duty in command of Troop K, 7th Cavalry since Dec. 30, 90 per verbal orders of the Regimental Commander.

Second Lieutenant Tompkins, Selah R. H.: On duty with Troop.

First Sergeant Gunther, Herman: Enlisted on May 29, 1889 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.  Sick in quarters from Oct. 31, 90 to Nov. 2, 90. Disease “rheumatism muscular” contracted in line of duty.

Sergeant Light, Harry W.: Enlisted on June 24, 1890 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.  Absent sick at Song Pine, Neb. since Nov. 25, 90. Disease “Typhoid Fever” contracted in line of duty. Rejoined Troop for duty at Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S. D. Dec. 13, 90.

Sergeant Burnett, Zachariah H.: Enlisted on May 23, 1889 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.

Sergeant Stevens, Isaac: Enlisted on August 27, 1887 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, by Lieut. Paddock.

Sergeant Conners, Michael: Enlisted on March 12, 1886 at Fort Meade, Dakota Territory, by Lieut. Varnum.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as Trainmaster) from Dec. 22, 89 to Nov. 23, 90 per Paragraph IV Order #263 Fort Riley, Kans. Series 1889.

Sergeant Gerhardt, Otto: Enlisted on September 10, 1886 at St Louis, Missouri, by Capt. Ellis.

Corporal Gilman, Edward H.: Enlisted on April 26, 1886 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Capt. Ewers.

Corporal Kansky, Joseph F.: Enlisted on February 8, 1887 at Baltimore, Maryland, by Capt. Overton.  Sick at Fort Riley, Kans. Since Oct. 4, 90. Disease “intermittent fever” contracted in line of duty.

Corporal Maxwell, Charles: Enlisted on March 19, 1888 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Capt. Miller.

Corporal McCall, John J.: Enlisted on August 14, 1888 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.

Trumpeter Hast, Charles H.: Enlisted on December 14, 1887 at Quincy, Illinois, by Capt. Thibaus.

Trumpeter Cook, Walter O.: Enlisted on November 3, 1887 at Baltimore, Maryland, by Capt. Huggins.  On furlough for three months under provisions of General Order #80C.8. Adjutant General’s Office since Nov. 3, 90 surrendered his furlough and rejoined Troop Nov. 22, 90. Sick in quarters since Dec. 22, 90. Disease “rheumatism muscular” back and left thigh contracted in line of duty, returned from sick to duty Dec. 25, 90.

Farrier Holles, Richard: Enlisted on October 2, 1890 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. Dyer.

Blacksmith Carey, Maurice: Enlisted on August 16, 1890 at Wheeling, West Virginia, by Capt. Barrett.  Assigned to Troop D, 7th Cav. per Paragraph I Order #88, Headquarters  7th Cav. Dec. 6, 90 to date from Nov. 28, 90. Joined Troop Dec. 6, 90 first enlistment. Due U.S. Laundry thirty-five (35) cents appointed Troop Blacksmith from Private to date from Dec. 16, 90 per Order #9, Troop D, 7th Cav. Dec. 16, 90.

Saddler Beidler, Ulysses N.: Enlisted on December 26, 1888 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.  Sentenced by General Court Martial per G.C.M.O. #30, Headquarters  Department of the Mo. Sept. 29, 90. To have retained from his pay under provisions of General Order #63 Adjutant General’s Office series 1889 ten (10) dollars per month for 6 months.

* Wagoner York, George: Enlisted on February 1, 1889 at Newark, New Jersey by Lieut. Carter.  Sick in quarters from Dec. 14, 90 to Dec. 16, 90. Disease “lumbago” contracted in line of duty. Sick in General Hospital at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. since Dec. 29, 90. Disease “Gun shot wound left shoulder.” Contracted in line of duty. Shot while in action with “Big Foot’s Band of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek” Dec. 29, 90.

Private Boone, Thomas J.: Enlisted on November 9, 1887 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.

Private Boorse, Daniel W.: Enlisted on September 12, 1890 at Camden, New Jersey, by Capt. Rodgers.  Assigned to Troop D, 7th Cav. per Paragraph I Order #88, Headquarters  7th Cav. Dec. 6, 90 to date from Nov. 28, 90. First enlistment. Due U.S. Laundry twenty-five (25) cents. Sick at Ft. Robinson, Nebraska since Dec. 2, 90. Disease not known. Never joined troop . Laundry due deducted on Nov. payments.

Private Brown, George: Enlisted on December 24, 1886 at New York, New York by Capt. Jackson.

Private Britten, William: Enlisted on May 11, 1889 at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Capt. Ropes.

Private Burch, Archie: Enlisted on April 29, 1890 at Concordia, Kansas, by Lieut. Donaldson.  Sick in quarters from Dec. 23, 90 to Dec. 25, 90. Disease “acute bronchial catarrh” contracted in line of duty.

Private Daharsh, James F.: Enlisted on April 29, 1890 at Lansing, Michigan, by Capt. Nowlan.

Private Daniels, Joseph R.: Enlisted on December 16, 1887 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Capt Bisbee.

Private Deavey, William H.: Enlisted on July 25, 1888 at New York, New York, by Lieut. Wheeler.

Private Flamer, Beirne: Enlisted on January 19, 1889 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, by Lieut. Sands.  On special duty (as post baker) from Oct. 15, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Paragraph VII Order #228, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Private Foley, William C.: Enlisted on October 26, 1886 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, by Lieut. Andrews.  On furlough for 2 months since Oct. 26, 90, by authority of the Department Commander surrendered his furlough and rejoined troop Nov. 23, 90.

Private Foley, Patrick: Enlisted on December 30, 1886 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.  On special duty (as attendant in the post canteen) from Oct. 15, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Order #228, Fort Riley, Kans. Series 1890.

Private Gauntt, William I.: Enlisted on April 17, 1888 at Camden, New Jersey, by Lieut. Heyl.

Private Gerhan, Francis: Enlisted on August 12, 1887 at Ash Hollow Northern Platte, Nebraska, by Capt. Gibson.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as clerk) since Dec. 8, 90 per Field Order #5 Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S. D. Dec. 8, 90.

Private Hagmuller, Mathew: Enlisted on April 6, 1889 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.  On special duty in connection with the post mess hall at Fort Riley, Kans. (as butcher) from June 9, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Paragraph IV Order #127 C.8. Fort Riley, Kans.

Private Harris, Jessee G.: Enlisted on April 29, 1890 at Concordia, Kansas, by Lieut. Donaldson.  Sick in quarters from Dec. 17, 90 to Dec. 21, 90. Disease “follicular tonsillitis” contracted in line of duty.

Private Hayward, William H.: Enlisted on April 19, 1890 at Detroit, Michigan, by Lieut. Lockett.

Private Herritt, Elwood: Enlisted on August 4, 1888 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.

Private Hoey, Michael G.: Enlisted on November 2, 1887 at New York, New York, by Lieut. Wheeler.

Private Holt, Charles: Enlisted on March 21, 1889 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.

Private Hopper, Hatfield: Enlisted on February 1, 1889 at Newark, New Jersey, by Lieut. Carter.

Private Johnson, James C.: Enlisted on August 16, 1888 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Capt. Miller.  On confinement from Aug. 8, 90 to Nov. 18, 90 sentenced by General Court Martial per G.C.M.O.#11 Headquarters  Department of the Mo. Aug. 19, 90 to be confined at hard labor under charge of the guard for 3 months and to forfeit to the U.S. ten (10) dollars of his pay per month for the same period Court Martial fine deducted on Nov. payments.

* Private Kern, William: Enlisted on February 25, 1889 at Newark, New Jersey, by Lieut. Carter.  Sick in General Hospital at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. since Dec. 30, 90. Disease “Gun shot wound (face)” contracted in line of duty, shot in face while in action with Sioux Indians at White Clay Creek Dec. 30, 1890.

Private King, Walter D.: Enlisted on November 12, 1888 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Capt. Miller.  In confinement since Oct. 31, 90 at Fort Riley, Kans. Sentenced by General Court Martial per G.C.M.O.#35,  Headquarters  Department of the Mo. Nov. 15, 90 to be confined at hard labor under charge of the post guard for six (6) months and to forfeit ten (10) dollars per month for the same period serving sentence at Fort Riley, Kans.

Private Lunsberry, Frank: Enlisted on April 20, 1888 at Newark, New Jersey, by Lieut. Carter.  Sentenced by Garrison C.M. per Order #192 C.8. post to forfeit to the U.S. then (10) dollars of his pay and to be confined at hard labor for 10 days. Tried by a General Court Martial for desertion found not guilty of desertion, but guilty of absent without leave and sentenced to forfeit to the U.S. ten (10) dollars per month of his pay for six (6) months, and to be confined at hard labor under charge of the post guard for the same period except that the first five (5) days of each month shall be in solitary confinement and on a bread and water diet per G.C.M.O. #34, Headquarters  Department of the Mo. Nov. 8, 90 in confinement at Fort Riley, Kansas, serving sentence. Due U.S. for Ordnance and Ordnance stores one (1) dollar for Camp and Garrison Equipage seventy seven (77) cents.

Private Litz, Herman M.: Enlisted on March 30, 1888 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Capt. Drum.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as mechanic from Oct. 19, 89 to Nov. 23, 90 per Paragraph V Order #210 series 1889 Fort Riley, Kans.

Private Lindberg, Andrew: Enlisted on August 21, 1888 at Portland, Maine, by Capt. Cusick.  Sick in quarters and hospital at Fort Riley, Kans., since Sept. 17, 90. Disease “sub clavicular dislocation right shoulder” contracted in line of duty caused by his horse falling while the Troop was charging on mounted drill Sept. 17, 90 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Private Martin, James W.: Enlisted on August 12, 1887 at Washington, District of Columbia, by Lieut. Paxton.

Private McCann, Hungh: Enlisted on June 21, 1887 at New York, New York, by Capt. Jackson.

Private McCarthy, Lawrence: Enlisted on March 26, 1890 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Capt. Kendall.

Private McCaw, John: Enlisted on February 15, 1889 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Dodd.

Private McGown, William: Enlisted on November 22, 1888 at Chicago, Illinois, by Capt. Kennedy.

Private McGuire, Thomas: Enlisted on April 9, 1888 at New York, New York, by Capt. Jackson.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as laborer) from Oct. 14, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Order #227 C.8. Fort Riley, Kansas.

Private Moran, William: Enlisted on November 16, 1888 at Springfield, Massachusetts, by Capt. Ropes.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as mechanic) from Nov. 12, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Order #253 C.8., Fort Riley, Kans. Sentenced by Summary Court Martial to forfeit to the U.S. five (5) dollars of his pay per Field Order #1, camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. Dec. 1, 90.

Private Morean, Henry: Enlisted on July 31, 1888 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.

Private Murray, John: Enlisted on February 21, 1887 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. Scott.  On confinement from Aug. 8, 90 to Nov. 23, 90. Sentenced by General Court  Martial per G.C.M.O. #26 Headquarters  Department of the Mo. Aug. 25, 90 to forfeit to the U.S. five (5) dollars of his pay per month for 3 months and to be confined at hard labor for the same period. Court martial fine deducted on Nov. payment.

Private Pratt, James W.: Enlisted on July 30, 1890 at St Louis, Mo. by Capt. Kauffman.  Assigned to Troop D, 7th Cav. per Paragraph. I Order #88, Headquarters , 7th Cav. Dec. 6, 90 to date from Nov. 28, 90. Joined Troop Dec. 6, 90. First enlistment. Due U.S. Laundry fifty-eight (58) cents. $4. per month retained General Order 85, Adjutant General’s Office 90.

Private Russell, Elmer E.: Enlisted on May 26, 1890 at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, by Capt. Gageby.  Due U.S. for clothing overdrawn at date of settlement, Nov. 25, 90, eleven dollars and eighty nine cents ($11.89) deducted on November payment.

Private Rosendahll, Christopher: Enlisted on January 18, 1887 at St Louis, Missouri, by Lieut. Wilder.

Private Sanger, Thaddeus N.: Enlisted on April 29, 1890 at Concordia, Kansas, by Lieut. Donaldson.  Relieved from duty as Troop Blacksmith and returned to duty as a private soldier to date from Dec. 6, 90 per Order #8 Troop D, 7 Cav. Dec. 6, 90.

Private Schmitt, Nicholaus: Enlisted on February 3, 1887 at St Louis, Missouri, by Lieut. Wilder.  On furlough for 1 month since Nov. 14, 90. Reported for duty and transportation to Capt. Moses Harris, 1st Cavalry at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dec. 13, 90. Rejoined Troop at Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. Dec. 21, 90. Due U.S. for transportation furnished from Chicago, Ill. to Rushville, Neb. twenty five dollars and four cents (25.04) furnished by Capt. G. A. H. McCauley, Assistant Quartermaster, U.S.A.

Private Settle, Green A.: Enlisted on January 3, 1889 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, by Lieut. Sands.

Private Sniffin, Frank W.: Enlisted on August 4, 1890 at Fort Riley, Kansas, by Lieut. McCormick.  Entitled to Reenlisted pay.

Private Sweeney, Thomas L.: Enlisted on December 24, 1887 at Fort Riley, Kansas by Lieut. McCormick.

Private Weidmeyer, John: Enlisted on August 21, 1888 at Camden, New Jersey by Lieut. Heyl.

Private White, Frederick: Enlisted on January 6, 1887 at New York, New York, by Lieut. Wheeler.  On special duty in connection with the post mess hall (as night cook) from Oct. 15, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Paragraph VII Order #228 C.8. Fort Riley, Kansas.

Private Winans, Albert N.: Enlisted on August 17, 1888 at Davenport, Iowa, by Lieut. Lovell.

Private Winans, George E.: Enlisted on August 21, 1888 at Davenport, Iowa, by Lieut. Lovell.  On extra duty in the Quartermaster Department (as mechanic) from Nov. 12, 90 to Nov. 23, 90 per Order #253 C.8., Fort Riley, Kans. Sentenced by Summary Court Martial to forfeit to the U.S. five (5) dollars of his pay per Field Order #1, Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. Dec. 1,

Loss  – Died

§ Private Reinecky, Frank T.: Enlisted on January 11, 1887 at Cleveland, Ohio, by Lieut. Vanon.  Killed in action with Big Foot’s Band of Sioux Indians on Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota December 29, 1890. Due U.S. for clothing overdrawn at date of death three dollars and nine cents ($3.09). Buried at Pine Agency, S.D. Dec. 31, 90. Number of Grave 12.

Loss – Transfer from Attached

Sergeant McElderry, Harry W.: Enlisted on October 29, 1886 at Fort Sisseton, Dakota Territory, by Lieut. Ritzins.  Transferred from Troop M, 7th Cavalry to Troop A, 7th Cavalry to date from Dec. 1, 90 per Order #86 Headquarters  7th Cavalry, Camp at Pine Ridge Agency, S.D. Dec. 1, 90.

The Recapitulation and Record of Events Page of A Troop, 7th Cavalry Regiment’s Muster Roll of December, 1891.

The Recapitulation and Record of Events Page of A Troop, 7th Cavalry Regiment’s Muster Roll of December, 1891.

Record of Events Which May Be Necessary or Useful for Future Reference at the War Department, or for Present Information.

From Nov. 1st to Nov. 23, 90 the Troop has performed the usual guard fatigue and other duties incident to the service at Fort Riley, Kansas.

The Troop left Fort Riley, Kansas and proceeded by rail to Rushville, Neb. arriving there at 11:30 a.m. November 26, 90 and marched to Pine Ridge Agency S.D. arriving at the latter place Nov. 27, 90. Distance by rail ___ miles distance marched 25 miles.

From Nov. 28, 90 to Dec. 27, 90, the Troop performed all duties incident to the service at this camp.  The Troop left camp Dec. 28, 90 and marched to Wounded Knee Creek, S.D. Dec. 29, 90 the Troop was engaged in the Battle of Wounded Knee Creek which lasted from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with Big Foots band of Sioux Indians, Colonel Forsyth commanding the United States Troops. Casualties: One man killed and one wounded, 2 horses killed and one lost.  The command left Wounded Knee Creek at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 90 and marched back to Pine Ridge Agency, S.D.  Dec. 30, 90 the Troop was engaged with Sioux Indians near the Drexel Mission on White Clay Creek, S.D. Casualties: One man wounded. 1 horse killed and one horse wounded. One private horse the property of 1st Lieut. W. W. Robinson, Jr., 7th Cavalry wounded. Total distance marched 52 miles.

Source: Adjutant General’s Officer, “7th Cavalry, Troop D, Jan. 1885 – Dec. 1897,” Muster Rolls of Regular Army Organizations, 1784 –  Oct. 31, 1912, Record Group 94, (Washington: National Archives Record Administration).

Citation for this article: Samuel L. Russell, “D Troop, 7th Cavalry Regiment Muster Roll,” Army at Wounded Knee (Sumter, SC: Russell Martial Research, 2013-2014, http://wp.me/p3NoJy-rb, posted 2 Feb 2014, accessed __________.

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About Sam Russell

I am a fifth-generation Army officer with over twenty-eight years of commissioned service. I have been researching the frontier Army for over fifteen years and am interested in documenting the lives of the soldiers that participated in the battle of Wounded Knee using primarily official reports, diaries, letters, newspaper articles and other primary source documents. My interest in Wounded Knee stems from my kinship to one of the principal participants. I am the great-great-grandson of Samuel M. Whitside, who was a major and battalion commander at the battle. I welcome and encourage comments on posts and pages and am always interested in any new primary sources. If you have copies of letters, diaries, etc, from participants and are willing to share, please contact me. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are strictly my own, and should in no way be construed as official Army or U.S. Government positons.
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