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Re: 7th cavalry quarter Master Records

Posted by Jim Starkey on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, at 2:05 p.m., in response to 7th cavalry quarter Master Records, posted by LTC Tim Godwin on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at 3:20 p.m.

Tim I am a novice as far as Trapdoor knowledge, but one thing to remember from the US Army's Order of Battle on the Plains in the Spring of 1876 is that prior to the start of the Terry Expedition, the 7th Cavalry was scattered over several posts, some of which were not even in the same Department. Custer, and a portion of the regiment, less several field grade officers, were at Fort Abraham Lincoln. Whoever was filling the roles of Ordnance or Armorer (I think they were called "articifers" at the time) is very obscure.

There is a book published by Osprey, "US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865-1891" which does begin to address the locations of the regiments, but only to an extent.

I always thought it would be worth a look to reach out to the Ordnance Corps, research their branch data for the period, and then use some of the names there to try a different tack at the NARA. My thought being that Ordnance, as a bureau, may have had very small numbers of people assigned, compared to the rosters of the 7th, being spread around the plains.

Good luck with your efforts. v/r Jim


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