McAllister, John A.

Rank: Private

Unit: K Co, 2d Cavalry

Enlisted: January 4, 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 22.

Hometown: Paris, Ohio

Occupation prior to enlistment: Carpenter

Campaign: Plains Indian War (post Civil War)

Died: 27 October 1869

Age at death: 22 yrs

Cause of death: Killed in action by Indians

Location of fatality: near National Bridge, Wyoming Territory,

Place of interment: Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska

Notes: Three soldiers – McAllister, McKenna, and Wentworth – went out hunting, camping near the entrance to LaPrele Canyon, 15 miles from the Fort. Creeping close, the man on guard having fallen asleep, Indians opened fire, instantly killing McKenna, who was shot through the temple, heart, and breast. McAllister sprang to his feet and fell back dead. Wentworth returned fire, then sought cover in nearby bushes. He eventually walked back to the Fort, the flesh of his feet worn to the bone.

 

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