Luther H North

BirthMarch 6, 1846
DeathApril 18, 1935
CemeteryColumbus (Columbus)
PostBaker (Columbus)
Unit2nd Nebraska Cavalry, Company K

Private Luther H. North

Company K, 2nd Nebraska Cavalry

North was born in Ohio on March 6, 1846. His was listed as a resident of Genoa, Nebraska when he enlisted as a private on December 21, 1862. He was mustered on January 22, 1863 and served about 11 months with the regiment. He was discharged on December 23, 1863. Initially, the unit was assigned to guard duty on the Pawnee Indian Reservation. In the spring of 1863 the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry was sent to the Dakota Territory and was participate in the Great Sioux Campaign of 1863. The unit fought at the Battle of Whitestone Hill on September 3, 1863. The battle took place in present day Dickey County, North Dakota and was the biggest and bloodiest ever fought on North Dakota soil.

North led a fascinating life after his discharge from the 2nd Nebraska. The “Find-a-Grave” website has included an excellent recap of his life. A partial list of the highlights taken from that website includes:

1864 – in the freighting business between Omaha, Columbus, Kearney, and Fort McPherson.

1866 – returned to Michigan and attended school.

1867 – returned to Nebraska and became caption of Company D of the 1st Battation of Indian Scouts. His brother (Frank) had organized the battalion.

1869 – fought at the Battle of Summit Springs (Colorado) against the Indian leader Tall Bull. About 100 Indians were killed in that engagement.

1870 – retired from the army and entered into a livery business in Columbus.

1876 – returned to the army upon the request of General William Sherman. He was assigned to Fort Robinson, Nebraska and was involved in battles against Red Cloud.

1877 – mustered out of the army. Along with his brothers and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was involved in the cattle business along the Dismal River.

1882 – returned to Columbus and bought and sold horses and cattle.

1900 – he began farming and remained in that occupation until 1910.

1910 – moved to Omaha and became an employee of the federal government.

Luther H. North died on April 18, 1935 (age of 89 years) and is buried in the Columbus Cemetery in Columbus (Platte County), Nebraska. North was the last member of the Baker Post (#9) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Columbus.

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.