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First Name: John

Last Name: Crittenden


Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Jordan

Date of Birth: 07 June 1854

Date of Death: 25 June 1876

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served:
John Jordan Crittenden


John Jordan Crittenden
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

John Jordan Crittenden was born on 7 June 1854.

He was a Lieutenant temporarily attached to Company L in the 7th U.S. Cavalry. He was killed on Calhoun Hill during the Battle of Little Big Horn on 25 June 1876.

He had suffered an eye wound less than a year before, and had to have his eye replaced with a glass one. It was this prosthetic eye that helped identify his remains after the battle.

A year after his death hi remains were exhumed and moved to a permanent place on Calhoun Hill, in accordance with the wishes of his father, Colonel Thomas Crittenden, who wanted his son to remain with his men. However, in 1931 they were removed once more to the Custer National Battlefield Cemetery when a road was being built nearby to accommodate tourists.

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant John Jordan Crittenden was killed in action on 25 June 1876 in Big Horn County, MT. He is buried at Custer National Cemetery in Big Horn County, MT.

Honoree ID: 2394   Created by: MHOH




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