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William Montell George


Private William George was wounded in his left side during the hilltop fight on June 25, 1876. He died aboard the steamer Far West on July 3, 1876.


Pvt. George's grave was originally located close to the Yellowstone River where they buried him on July 4, 1876. He was re-interred at a location a little higher up from the river at a later time. His grave is on private property and is attended by a local women's group out of Terry, Montana.

-- Jim Byrnes

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Vandalized headstone honoring 19th century soldier slated for replacement

Brendan Heidner
Terry Tribune
Terry, Montana
July 7, 2023

A grave headstone off the beaten path honoring Private William H. George following the Battle of Little Bighorn will soon get replaced after vandalism of the memorial was discovered three years ago.

Edward “Ed” Saunders, a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army currently living in Billings, visited the gravesite in August of 2020 after Fallon resident Glenn Heitz made him aware of the memorial monument and has taken on the project to have the memorial is replaced.

In an interview last week, Saunders explained he got in touch with Heitz while inquiring at the Prairie County Museum about information on Eastern Montana during the time of the Plains Wars. While talking with Heitz, he was asked if he knew about George’s gravesite along the Yellowstone River approximately 1.4 miles north of where the Powder River runs into it.

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