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First Name: William

Last Name: McCaskey


Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Spencer

Date of Birth: 02 October 1843

Date of Death: 10 August 1914

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
William Spencer McCaskey

•  American Civil War (1861 - 1865)


William Spencer McCaskey
Major General, U.S. Army

William Spencer McCaskey was born on 2 October 1843.

McCaskey was said to be, "the last surviving officer and the last man in the Regular Army who bore a musket or held a commission in the Civil War."

Although McCaskey was not a member of the Seventh Cavalry on the fateful day of Custer's Battle at the Little Big Horn on 25 June 1876, he did have a role in its history. He was Commanding General of Fort Lincoln at the time and it was his duty to inform Custer's wife, Libbie, of her husband's fate.

Death and Burial

Major General William Spencer McCaskey died on 10 August 1914. He is buried at the San Francisco National Cemetery in San Francisco, CA.

Honoree ID: 2824   Created by: MHOH




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