Corwine, Richard Winick, SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major (Cavalry)
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Primary Unit
1871-1891, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1864 - 1890

Sergeant Major (Cavalry)


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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1844
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Maysville
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 29, 1890
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
South Dakota
Conflict
Wounded Knee Massacre
Location of Interment
Fort Riley Post Cemetery - Fort Riley, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
7th Cavalry Regiment
  1871-1891, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1876-1876 Black Hills War/Battle of the Little Bighorn
  1890-1890 Wounded Knee Massacre
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Last Known Activity
On 29 December 1890 along the Wounded Knee Creek, Richard W. Corwine became the third sergeant major of the 7th Cavalry to be killed in action during Regiment’s numerous Indian Wars campaigns.  When Colonel Forsyth directed that the Indian camp be searched for weapons, Major Whitside dispatched two search parties.  Apparently several other troopers also entered the Indian camp.  The Regiment’s Sergeant Major, R. W. Corwine, was still in the village when hostilities broke out at the council circle.  His body was found in the Indian camp; likely he was killed during the initial volleys by the Indians, who many of the soldiers indicated were firing in that direction until they broke through K Troop.  It is doubtful that the Sergeant Major would have remained in the Indian camp once the firing commenced if he were not incapacitated.  It is also plausible that he was wounded at the initial volley and unable to escape the village, ultimately being killed once the Artillery fired on the escaping Indians that were fleeing through the village or seeking concealment in the tepees. Without knowing the extent of Corwine’s wounds, it is impossible to establish when or how he was killed.  He had served in the regiment for two decades and at forty-six, was the oldest soldier killed during the campaign.

Read more about Sgt. Maj. Corwine and the soldiers that fought at Woudned Knee at:
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Source: Evening star., January 24, 1891, Page 13, Image 13, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1891-01-24/ed-1/seq-13/ accessed 4 Nov 2014.
   
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