Comanche, U.S. Cavalry HorseComanche was born on June 25, 1861 at a horse breeding ranch in southern Alberta Territory, Canada. At age six, he was sold to the United States Cavalry, where he was assigned to the newly formed cavalrys seventhMoreComanche, U.S. Cavalry HorseComanche was born on June 25, 1861 at a horse breeding ranch in southern Alberta Territory, Canada.
At age six, he was sold to the United States Cavalry, where he was assigned to the newly formed cavalrys seventh division. Captain Myles Keogh purchased him and the two remained loyal to each other until June 25, 1876, when five Seventh Cavalry companies were wiped out at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Comanche was the only living thing that the cavalry found at the battle site, more dead than alive with seven major wounds.
He was returned to Fort Lincoln, North Dakota on the steamer Far West. He spent a full year recovering from his injuries and was then retired from active duty, but remained with the unit, as a symbol of the battle, until the end of his life. The cavalry awarded him the title, Second Commanding Officer of the seventh, for his loyalty and courage.
Under a special order no one under any circumstance was to ride him again, he would never have to do any work and he was allowed to roam the fort grounds at his own leisure, without fear of reprisal. His only duties were to walk in parades and be present at ceremonies. The American public embraced him, as he was the only living link to the most legendary military engagement in American history. He remained loyal to the seventh cavalry and his caretaker Gustave Korn in his leisurely years.
Korn was killed at the Battle of Wounded Knee. When he did not return to the fort, Comanche roamed the grounds in despair and died one year later. He was buried with full military honors.Read the whole story about this heart-breaking event and the love of life.