Haselwood, Alvin, SGT

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Sergeant (Cavalry)
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Primary Unit
1882-1891, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1881 - 1891

Sergeant (Cavalry)

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cordova, Grant County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1891
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
South Dakota
Wounded Knee Massacre
Location of Interment
Fort Riley Post Cemetery - Fort Riley, Kansas
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7th Cavalry Regiment
  1882-1891, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1890-1890 Wounded Knee Massacre1
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Captain Myles Moylan’s Troop A suffered five soldiers killed in action and six wounded in action at Wounded Knee, one of whom died of wounds the following day at Pine Ridge.  The dead included Sergeant Arthur C. Dyer shot in the chest, and Saddler Henry Frey and Privates George P. Johnson, James Logan, and Michael Regan, all of gunshots to the head.  Private Herman Granberg died of his wounds the following day and was, according to Dr. Charles Ewing’s account, shot to pieces.  The other five wounded included Lieutenant Ernest A. Garlington shot in the right arm, Private Harry L. Duncan of a pistol wound to his face, Private Daniel McMahon with a gunshot to his right foot, Private Adam Neder of a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, and Sergeant Alvin H. Haselwood who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his left thigh and his left arm above and below his elbow. Haselwood ultimately became the final death of the campaign.[1]

In early January 1891, all of the wounded that were stable enough to be moved by wagon and rail were transported to Fort Riley, Haselwood among them.  He likely never left the hospital, as he contracted influenza and eventually died of pneumonia on 11 March.  The entry on the post Burial Register and on his Final Statement make no mention of his death being connected to his wounds.  However, his comrades clearly considered Sergeant Haselwood’s demise as a direct course of his gunshot wounds suffered during that winter’s campaign, as they included his name on the Wounded Knee Memorial as one of the killed.[2]
By the age of eighteen, Alvin Haselwood was living on his own.  He made his way to Cincinnati, Ohio where he enlisted for five years on 12 December 1881.  He listed his occupation as that of his father, a farmer.  Standing over five feet seven inches tall, he had blue eyes, light hair, and a fair complexion.  Haselwood was initially assigned to H Troop and later transferred to Captain Moylan’s A Troop.  He finished out his term of enlistment as a Private at the end of 1886 at Fort Keogh in the Montana territory and reenlisted for another five years.  He remained with A Troop eventually gaining sergeant stripes by the time his unit arrived at Wounded Knee in late December 1891.
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