James Garland "Jack" Sturgis (1854 - 1876)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: killed in Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn
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About James Garland "Jack" Sturgis

Second Lieutenant James Garland "Jack" Sturgis was an officer with E Company, 7th U.S. Cavalry.He was killed in Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn.


The son of Colonel Samuel Davis Sturgis (USA), Commander of the 7th US Cavalry, and Jerusha Wilcox Sturgis. (Colonel Sturgis was on recruiting duty at the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and did not rejoin his command until after the battle).

He entered the US Military Academy in 1871 by appointment at large. The 2578th Graduate, he ranked 29th of 43 graduates, in the class of 1875. Appointed 2nd Lt, 7th US Cavalry, on 16 June 1875. Arrived at his duty station of Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, on 29 Oct 1875. During the Sioux Campaign of 1876, he was with Company E, 7th Cavalry, and accompanied Custer's column. His body was never positively identified, as the bodies of the dead soldiers were mutilated by the Indians, and he is presumed buried with the enlisted soldiers in the mass grave at the Battle Monument on Last Stand Hill. In 1877, when the bodies of the enlisted soldiers were being reinterred into a mass grave on top of Last Stand Hill, his mother, Jerusha Wilcox Sturgis, insisted on seeing the spot where her son died, and the soldiers created a fake stone grave on the battlefield for her to look at.


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2nd Lieutenant James G. "Jack" Sturgis, 7th U.S. Cavalry's Timeline

January 24, 1854
June 26, 1876
Age 22