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Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Soldiers Grave in Clark County

arlon austin (View posts)
Posted: 1075936550000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Glass
I am trying to learn more about a soldier whose grave sits alone high up on the continental divide near Humphrey, Idaho. A sign along side the road reads "Soldiers Grave". The soldier's name is Samuel A. Glass. An official military tombstone marks the grave and says that he was a soldier in company L of the second cavalry and died Aug. 24 1877. My research has determined that he was wounded on 20 aug 1877 during the nearby battle of Camas Meadow, and that he died at pleasant valley while being evacuated to Virginia City, Montana. His grave site overlooks the Pleasant Valley area alongside Interstate 15 about 10 miles south of the Idaho border. The gravesite seems to be taken care of, thus there should be someone with knowledge or information about both the gravesite and Mr. Glass. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Posted: 1225844872000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Glass
If you search for Samuel Glass on the Find A Grave website,
you will see that the Forestry Service takes care of the grave.

Anoter web site is given, concerning the battle that Samuel Glass received his injury.


Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Posted: 1306805603000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Glass
Samuel Glass was wounded in the Camas Meadow War. He was transported from the battle grounds in Kilgore, by wagon, to Fort Harkness. (Fort Harkness was the fort in Pleasant Valley where the troops were headquartered and where Sam's grave is situated). Sam's wound was untreatable. It was a gut wound. The soldiers did the most humane thing they could, they gave Sam a gun to shoot himself. Sam was then buried on the hill just south of the fort.
He was a black man.
The grave is on privately owned property and is taken care of by the owners.

Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Posted: 1307587741000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Glass, Loose
Hello Arion Austin, Just a note to say that my Great Uncle Pancoast Loose (AKA Harry Trevor) also fought in the Battle of Camas Meadow, was wounded there, and then died in St. Mary's Hospital at Virginia City. There were very few killed in this engagement. I have found several good accounts (some first hand) of the Battle at Camas Meadows, I recall a mention of Glass in some of these accounts, as I said, I think few US Cavalrymen were killed.

John Johnston

Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County, Sammual A. Glass

Posted: 1359138466000
Classification: Query
I came upon this lone grave on Memorial Day 1996.
I have always wondered about this horse soldier.
It was a beautiful day with rolling clouds.
Samuel A. Glass has been a part of my Memorial Day recognition ever since.
Thanks for the additional history notes. I have never bothered to "google it". I thought about going throught the history dept at West Point.

Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Posted: 1374317927000
Classification: Query
Surnames: glass, munn
These are the facts about Private Samuel A. Glass, "L" Company, 2nd Cavalry, casualty of the American Indian War.

After the Battle of the Bighole, troops from Company L, 2nd Cavalry were sent from Fort Ellis, Montana Territory to join General Howard in the pursuit of Chief Joseph's Nez Perce band. A few days later, the Battle of Camas Meadows occurred. The best version of the battle, as it relates to Samuel Glass was one of his fellow company L troop, Private Fred Munn:

[Fred Munn, Veteran of Frontier Experiences, Remembered the Days He Rode With Miles, Howard and Terry', by Fred Munn as told to Robert A. Griffen. Montana the magazine of Western History, Spring 1966.]

page 60: “We joined General Howard's command at Horse Prairie on about the 15th (August), after a killing ride from Virginia City, nearly 150 miles in something 40 hours. This was about six days after the Battle of the Big Hole in which General Gibbon was wounded in the thigh, and a number of officers killed and wounded. There is no doubt that Howard's close proximity to the scene of the Big Hole fight caused the Nez Perce to withdraw. If they hadn't, most likely the troops would have suffered a worse defeat.
We followed Joseph's broad trail to the southeast and finally came up to about fifteen miles of his camp at Camas Prairie, Idaho. He was headed Tacher (Targhee) Pass and down the Yellowstone to buffalo country. Our first night at Camas Prairie the Indians struck our camp before dawn, driving off most of the horses and mules belonging to the volunteers, who were camped across Camas Creek with a small field. They went through the camp of the civilians, scattering them and their field piece, which went into the creek.
Sammy Glass and I slept under one of the freight wagons that night and when the Indians shooting and yelling struck, we jumped out with our guns in our hands, he on one side and me on the other side of the wagon. As Sammy got to his feet, he called, “Fred, they got me.” I got to him in a few minutes, propping blankets under his head. The bullet struck his belt of cartridges tearing a hole in his abdomen in which four fingers could be inserted.”

After the battle:

9/1/1877 Virginia City Madisonian:
“On the following morning, the 21st, arrangements were made for placing Glass, Trevor and Garland, the three who were the most severely wounded in Norwood's fight of the 20th, under the medical care of Doctor E.T. Yager, and their transportation to Virginia (city) under escort of the volunteers. The company left Camas Meadows about 8 a.m., and arrived at Pleasant Valley without adventure that evening.”
“On arriving a Pleasant Valley station, Glass was found to be in such a condition from the effects of his wound that it was deemed unadviseable to carry him any further, and Dr Yager remained with him there until his death, which took place on the morning of the 23.”
“Glass was a native of New York, a man of considerable intelligence, strictly temperate in his habits, and possessed the high esteem of the officers and men of his company. He was the company blacksmith.”
“When the wagon with the wounded men arrived at Pleasant Valley Station, the proprietor, Mr. L. A. Harkness, immediately set about procuring comfortable beds for them, and assisted by two ladies who were staying there, whose names we did not learn, supplied their every want, attended to them with all possible care during the night, and when the two men , Trevor and Garland were gone, and Dr Yager and Glass remained, bestowed upon them ll the attention that kindness could suggest or the place afford, and upon the death of the latter prepared the coffin and grave, and buried him as decently as the surroundings permitted, firmly and utterly refusing all compensation for anything that had been done.”
“Such an instance of liberality and kindness is worthy of high praise, and shows the whole world kin is not always obliterated by the rugged surroundings of mountain life.”
“The volunteers arrived in Virginia City the evening on 24th.”

His grave was marked with wooden tombstone, until 1937 when it was replaced with a official government stone.

Re: Soldiers Grave in Clark County

Posted: 1374318097000
Classification: Query
Samuel A. Glass bio info (courtesy of Mary Hocking):

1848 born about 1848 in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada [1]. (Contrary to his enlistment papers, which say born Erie County, NY)
1858 moved to NY [2]
1860: living with his father, step-mother, and siblings in Elma, Erie County, New York. [3]
1869: enlists in the army for 5 years.
1870: living as a soldier at the US Military Post in Buffalo [4]
1874: discharged from army.
1875: boarding with John W. Mitchell, a railroad conductor, and his family in Buffalo. Glass's occupation is painter and blacksmith. [5]
1875: re-enlists in the army.
1877: shot in the bladder during fighting with the Nez Pierce.[6]

[1] Various census and army records. Assuming he was born in Uxbridge, Ontario, only because that's where he was living three years later.
[2] His younger brother, George, was born in 1858/59 in New York, which means the family immigrated at some point before then.
[3] 1860 US Census
[4] 1870 US Census
[5] 1875 New York State Census and 1875 Buffalo City Directory
[6] Army records
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