Thomas Weir biography and facts

Military Person

Thomas Weir Captain Thomas Benton Weir (1838–1876) was an officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment (United States), notable for his participation in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, where Weir led a force that attempted to come to Custer's aid, but was driven back to established defensive positions. A hill on the battlefield, Weir Point, is named in his honor and marks the furthest point of the advance of the would-be relief force. Weir graduated from the University of Michigan in June 1861. He enlisted to fight in the American Civil War in late August, and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in October. In June 1862 Weir was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Shortly afterwards, he was taken prisoner by the Confederate States Army and was promoted again to Captain during the seven months he was held captive. After his release, Weir was given the job of Assistant Inspector General on the staff of (brevet) Major General George Armstrong Custer. During the Indian Wars on the Great Plains, Weir commanded Company D of the 7th Cavalry under Custer, joining him in the attack on a large Native American encampment on the Little Bighorn River in Montana on June 25, 1876. Subordinate  ( Wikipedia )


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Date of birth


Company Job title From To
Afghan Boundary Commission Correspondent 1884 1886
The Times of India 1884 1886


Institution From To
University of Michigan


Date of death
Place of death
New York City

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