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Encyclopedia > Henry Rinaldo Porter

Henry Rinaldo Porter (February 3, 1848March 3, 1903) was an Acting Assistant Surgeon in the 7th U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry unit, whose lineage traces back to the late 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. ...


Porter was born in New York Mills, New York. He graduated Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1872 as a doctor. Four years later, he became a Contract Surgeon with the U.S. Army at Fort Abraham Lincoln during the Black Hills War. New York Mills is a village located in Oneida County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 3,191. ... Georgetown University is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It is both the oldest Roman Catholic and oldest Jesuit university in the United States, having been founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Fort Abraham Lincoln was an important infantry and cavalry post about seven miles south of todays Mandan, North Dakota. ... 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. ...


Commanding officer Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer assigned Dr. Porter to Frederick Benteen's battalion during the march to the Little Bighorn River in June 1876. Porter was the only one of the 7th Cavalry's three surgeons available to the survivors on Reno Hill for the two days they were besieged. (Dr. George Edwin Lord had been killed with Custer's Battalion and Dr. James Madison DeWolf was killed during the climb up Reno Hill.) 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. ... Frederick Benteen Frederick William Benteen was a military officer during the American Civil War and then during the Black Hills War against the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne. ... 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. ... 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. ...


Dr. Porter left his contract service in September 1876. He testified at the Reno Court of Inquiry in 1879.


Porter died in Agra, India, where he had gone on a trip with his wife. Taj Mahal Agra is an ancient city on the Yamuna River in India, within the state of Uttar Pradesh. ...


 
 

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