Custer's Seventh Cavalry leaves a mark on the Initial Rock


17 mine in 1876, Lt. Col. George Custer's Seventh Cavalry left Fort Abraham Lincoln on the way to Little Big Horn. Ten days later, they entered the barren North Dakota, at a distance of about 126 miles. After entering the barren, they went for the hard Davis Creek trail, requiring troops to build bridges and improve the track to ensure the passage of its supply of cars.

As engineers made painfully slow progress on a nearby bridge, Company K and M have been designated ar & # 39; ergard duty to protect against potential bridge builder of Indian attacks. Only enemy forces troops clashed at the clock, it's hot and humid Sunday were fearless and ruthless mosquitoes rattlesnakes. Ordinary Neil Frank and William C. Williams stood watch on the basis of the nearest hill. To pass the time and to overcome boredom, two ordinary carved their names in the soft sandstone.

Frank Neely was born in 1850 in Collinsville, Ohio, and enlisted in the 7th Calvary April 8, 1871. Prior to recruitment, Neely was an artist and an avid hunter. William C. Williams, was born March 28, 1856, Wheeling, West Virginia and enlisted on September 27, 1873. Prior to joining the cavalry, Williams was a farmer.

Both Ordinary survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. Neely spent about 12 years in the cavalry. His last tour of duty was in Arizona, where he meant that he accidentally killed a man. It is believed that Neely was so distraught over the accident that he went hunting and never returned. Williams was injured in a fight, and then was discharged in 1878 as a sergeant. He went on to become a pharmacist in Norfolk, Virginia. He died at the age of 63 my 22 1919.

Today, their images can be seen at the initial Rock Interpretive Site, located to the south of Fryburg, ND. To visit the site, follow the highway I-94 to 34 Fryburg I-output. Follow the main street through the city until it ends at the Sully Creek Road. Take a right at the Sully Creek Road. Take the first left onto 136thAvenue. Follow 136thAvenue in Easy-Hill. The Easy-Hill, turn right on 762 (note the small brown and white State Park maker «I-762"). Scroll down to 762 740. Turn right on 740 and follow for about 2 1/2; miles to the Initial Rock Interpretive Site.

The site is not visible from the main road and only a convenience to & # 39 is the male / female toilet in common (beware of spiders). Initial Rock is located in the National meadows and remind visitors to stay on marked roads and trails. There are remains of the wagon wheel ruts everywhere unauthorized grazing and off-road travel can potentially destroy these pieces of history.