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Encyclopedia > George Edwin Lord

George Edwin Lord (February 17, 1846 - June 25, 1876) was a U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon in the 7th Cavalry who was killed in the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana Territory during the Black Hills War. February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Surgeon may refer to: a practitioner of surgery the moniker of British electronic music producer and DJ, Anthony Child; see Surgeon (musician) This is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Distinctive Unit Insignia, US 7th Cavalry The United States 7th Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry regiment, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ... The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also called Custers Last Stand, was an engagement between a Lakota-Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United States Army that took place on June 25, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory. ... The Montana Territory was an organized territory of the United States that existed between 1864 and 1889. ... The Black Hills War was a United States civil war between the Lakota Native American tribe and the United States government from 1876 until 1877. ...


Lord was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Bowdoin College. He attended medical school and moved west to serve in the U.S. Army at various forts and outposts. He entered into another contract with the U. S. Army in January 1875 and was made a first lieutenant in the 7th Cavalry, posted in Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory. Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1794, located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... First Lieutenant is a military rank. ... Fort Abraham Lincoln was an important infantry and cavalry post about seven miles south of todays Mandan, North Dakota. ... Dakota Territory was the name of the northernmost part of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. ...


During the Northern Plains Expedition of the Black Hills Wars, he accompanied Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's column towards the Little Bighorn River, where he was killed in action. Major Marcus Reno later claimed that Dr. Lord's body was never identified, and he was initially listed as missing in action, making it difficult for his family to obtain a pension. However, Captain Michaelis, a fellow officer, had identified his body on the field by a distinctive pair of socks that Lord had purchased from the sutler at Fort Lincoln before the regiment departed. The pension was later granted when the army changed Lord's classification to killed in action. George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. ... The Little Bighorn River The Little Bighorn River is a tributary of the Bighorn River in the United States in the states of Wyoming and Montana. ... Major is a military rank denoting an officer of mid-level command status. ... Marcus Reno Marcus Albert Reno was a career military officer in the American Civil War and in the Black Hills War against the Lakota (Sioux) and Northern Cheyenne. ...


However, there is no marker on the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument that specifically marked his death site and initial grave, unlike most of his comrades. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves the site of the June 26, 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, near Crow Agency, Montana. ...


Lord's surgical kit eventually was recovered from the Indians and sent to the Army's medical museum.


References and links

  • Vaughn, J. W., Dr. George E. Lord: Regimental Surgeon, Arrow and Trooper Press, reprint of 1962 edition.
  • National Museum of Health & Medicine, brief mention of their artifact from Dr. Lord taken from the Little Bighorn Battlefield

 
 

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