), US newspaper reporter
Mark Kellogg was the first of 23 Associated Press
reporters to die on the job. He accompanied George Armstrong Custer
on its ill-fated expedition into Sioux
"We leave the Rosebud tomorrow and by the time this reaches you we will have met and fought the red devils, with what results remains to be seen. I go with Custer and will be at the death."
- last dispatch, June 24, 1876
He began reporting in La Crosse, WI
during the Civil War
. He played shortstop
on the town baseball
team and unsuccessfully ran for public office twice. He went on to edit several newspapers in Iowa
and write stories as a correspondent
, often under the pseudonym "Frontier
On June 25, 1876
, Kellogg rode with the 7th US Cavalry
regiment, the only reporter along for the Battle of the Little Bighorn
. Unfortunately, he didn’t survive to write his account of that historic battle, as he was killed along with Custer and his men. His body was found scalp
ed and missing an ear.
is at the North Dakota
Heritage Center and the satchel he had with him that day is on display at the Newseum
in Washington DC
, though their stupid website (newseum.org) doesn’t have a search function so I don’t know if they have an online picture of it.