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Austin Henely, a native of Ireland, served in the U. S. Army as private and sergeant. He served from September 14, 1864 to September 14, 1867, in the Eleventh Infantry, Company D, as a quartermaster's sergeant. He was a cadet at the United States Military Academy, West Point from July 1, 1868 and graduated thirty-fourth in his class in 1872. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the Sixth cavalry, June 14, 1872; first lieutenant, November 15, 1876. On April 3, 1875, while commanding Company H, Sixth Cavalry his company attacked a camp of sixty Southern Cheyennes under Little Bull on Sappa Creek in northwestern Kansas. Henely's victory was complete; he destroyed the camp and reported twenty-seven Cheyenne killed with a loss of only two soldiers. Over the years the Sappa Creek fight became known as the Massacre at Cheyenne Hole. Henely drowned July 11, 1878 in Arizona, while on duty.

Date: Between 1868 and 1872

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Item Number: 209779
Call Number: B Henely, Austin *1
Holding Institution: Original is owned by the United States Military Academy, West Point.

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