Luther Hare

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Luther Rector Hare
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Luther R. Hare
Born (1851-08-24)August 24, 1851
Greencastle, Indiana
Died December 22, 1929(1929-12-22) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C.
Place of Burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army and United States Volunteers
Years of service 1874–1905,
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brigadier General, USV
Unit 7th U.S. Cavalry

American Indian Wars

Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War

World War I

Luther Rector Hare (August 24, 1851 – December 22, 1929) was an officer in the 7th U.S. Cavalry, best known for participating in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Hare was born in Greencastle, Indiana to Silas Hare and his wife Octavia Elizabeth Rector. His family moved to Texas in 1853. He entered West Point in 1870 and graduated 17 June 1874, joining the 7th Cavalry later that year. By the time of the Great Sioux War, he was a second lieutenant in Company K (Lt Godfrey Commanding), serving in the battalion commanded by Capt. Frederick Benteen.

During the June 1876 expedition to the Little Bighorn River, Lieutenant Hare was on detached service assisting Lt. Charles Varnum with the Indian scouts, being appointed assistant on the evening of the 24th of June. During the siege on Reno's Hill, he served as Maj. Marcus Reno's adjutant, since Lt. Benjamin Hodgson had been killed during the retreat from the woods. Hare later gave testimony at the subsequent Reno Court of Inquiry in 1879.

Hare participated in the Nez Perce War (1877) and the Spanish–American War (Philippines Theater). He retired on medical disability in July 1903, but served several stints on active duty after that, retiring for the final time in February 1919.

Luther Hare died at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[1]



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