Company C 22nd Infantry
Thomas Horton was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1854.
He enlisted for a period of 5
years as a Private in Company C of the 22nd Infantry on December
at Camden, New Jersey. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 4 ¼ inches tall, had light brown hair,
brown eyes and a fair complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Farmer.
Private Horton died on October 1, 1888 of injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The Register of Deaths in the
Army recorded that Horton was seriously injured "while on
near Fire Hole Station, enroute to Camp Sheridan, Wyoming Territory." The entry in the Register further stated
that his injuries were "Caused by falling under the front wheel of a loaded wagon." His injuries were noted as
"Fracture of first 5 ribs, dislocation of clavicle of the sternum right side, sprain right ankle."
Horton was brought to the
hospital at Camp Sheridan on September 28, 1888 where he died on
October 1 from complications
including acute pneumonia. An autopsy revealed "Fracture of first 5 ribs, dislocation of clavicle, sterno-clavicular articulation
right side: Laceration inferior lobe and complete consolidation right lung."
Thomas Horton was buried in the
Fort Yellowstone Army Cemetery in Park County, Wyoming
in Grave # 1.
In July 1917 his remains were re-interred in the Custer National Cemetery in Montana.
Custer National Cemetery
Big Horn County
Plot: A 1436
Grave marker for Thomas Horton
Photo by MT EJ from the Find A Grave website
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