Post by Diane Merkel on Dec 26, 2005 23:31:13 GMT -5
This board is for sharing your research and opinions about various LBH witnesses so that there is a central place for such discussions rather than having them scattered throughout various boards.
Please make a new thread for each witness so that we can stay on topic!
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I have read with great interest of the possibility that two (or three) "heads" of Calvary troopers were discovered in the village in the aftermath of the battle. Allegedly, the heads of the men were in a "camp Kettle"according to August Seifert who was a private in company "K". He describes the heads as:"One of them had black hair, and the other red hair and was in a camp kettle."
The identity of these sad mis-fortunates have haunted me , Lo these many years. To have under gone what must have been unspeakable torture prior to the eventual and blessed relief of death is beyond mere mortal comprehension.
Recently, I perused an article by Frank Sniffin that shook me to the core. Private Sniffin was a private in Company "M". He stated, "Sgt. O'Hara was killed on our line in the bottom and was dead or supposed to be when we left the firing line." Needless to say, the phase,"or suppose to be" is very unsettling. His body was never recovered nor identified.
Sgt. Miles O'Hara has been described as as having gray eyes, light hair and a ruddy complexion. Could the earlier description of "red hair" been a personal perspective of "light hair?" If so, the identity of one of the "heads" may have been resolved.
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I was just reading something about the Unknown Soldier at Garryowen--apparently there was no head on the skeleton that was discovered and buried there. I guess there might be a possibility that it's Miles O'Hara.
It seems to me that a skull was found embedded in the riverbank when the "dump" on REno/Benteen was being excavated, whenever that was - sometime after the main "digs" on the Custer battlefield - late 80s, I would guess. I have the archaeological reports somewhere, and it al;so seems to me that this find was the genesis of that TV program "Custer's Last Trooper" where they tried to identify the dead man, and reconstruct his features.
I also think that there are different accounts of whose head was found where. Some speak of a red or sandy-haired man, others say the heads were so blacked by fire that they could not be identified. Some say there were three heads, others two. Some have them stuck on poles, others under a camp kettle. Somebody said one of them was young Jack Sturgis.
Reno supposedly lost his head in the valley, but it is not included in anyone's tally.
There is a recorded beheading amongst Custer's men by a Cheyenne woman, the red headed skull was given to a corporal of Reno's command, Lt. Van de Reilly's orderly was roped in defending the body and dragged away behind a pony - possibly until detachment. Quite long ago now, in a Cheyenne related record not immediately apparent for LBH was record of dismemberment of an NCO in the village, Two Moons gave that bodies were burnt.
Digging out the relevant reference will be a chore - as I return to them, I will post. Whilst these atrocities horrify today, the Cheyennes suffered Chivington and also Washita.
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Post by alquedahunter on Oct 3, 2018 13:36:03 GMT -5
Newcomer here but it is known that in Cutthroat Gap in Oklahoma the Osages attacked a Kiowa village while the warriors were away.The Osages killed every old man, child or woman they could find and did indeed put their heads in the camp kettles.I live near this historic place. So, kettles and heads may be indeed something that the NA warrior may hold as a , maybe 'sign' or something. Maybe there were some at the LBH?