About George D. Wallace
2nd Lt. George Wallace was second in command of Company G, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25-26, 1876. He survived the battle.
Of him, a Herald correspondent writes: 'Captain Wallace is truthfully described as one of the most popular men in the Service. He was a gallant officer and a thorough gentleman. He entered West Point in 1868, graduating with honors in 1872... He was married to Carrie M. Otis, daughter of the late George L. Otis, of St. Paul, Minn.
Captain Wallace displayed his matchless heroism to splendid advantage at the battle of Little Big Horn. When Reno was driven to cover Wallace's adjutant fell from his horse mortally wounded. Wallace threw himself from his horse under a terrible fire from the savages, seized the wounded man, vaulted into his saddle and bore the officer towards the rear. The officer knew that he was dying, and told Wallace to drop him and save himself. Wallace carried the officer over a mile, forded two streams and was nearing a place of safety when the savages got so close that he was forced to abandon the officer in the bush, dismounting for that purpose and remounting after he had hidden him away. he was under a hot fire all the time and showed unlimited pluck.'
An extract pertaining to Wallace's death from the Army and Navy Journal of January 10, 1891, p. 338.
"In Col. Forsyth's fight the day before [Wounded Knee] one officer was killed, Capt. Wallace, brained by an Indian club, in the Indian camp, and fifteen enlisted men."
From the Army and Navy Journal of January 10, 1891, p. 337. Please note the correction regarding Wallace's father.
"Funeral services over the remains of the late Capt. George D. Wallace, 7th Cavalry, were held at Yorkville, S. C., Jan. 7. A portion of the State troops rendered solderly aid in the ceremonies. All business was suspended and almost the entire community joined in the funeral procession. The flag of Capt. Wallace's troop, in which the body had been wrapped when taken from the field, and which had been draped [over] the coffin during the coming to Yorkville, was placed in charge of Gen. E. M. Law by the family of the deceased officer to be presented to the Jenkin's Rifles. Capt. Wallace was the son of the Hon. A. S. Wallace, member of Congress from South Carolina, and not a son of the late Col. Geo. W. Wallace, U. S. A., as stated."