J.L. Clem as we know changed his name from J.J. Klem to J.L. Clem in honor of President Lincoln. J.L. Clem had a younger brother L. and younger sister E.. L. Clem was born on November 13, 1855 and E. just a few years later. Their mother was killed by a train in 1860 and the father remarried.
Failing to make the grade for entrance to West Point, President Grant made J.L. Clem a 2nd Lt. in the US army. J.L. Clem was stationed at Fort McHenry during Custer's Last Stand. L. Clem had held an office job in Washington D.C. as late as early 1876. The last letter that J.L. Clem received from L. Clem was on May 1st 1876 when he said he was in Wyoming Territory. A few days later Clem's family contacted J.L. Clem at Fort McHenry, MD. and said the L. Clem had been killed by Indians. J.L. Clem doubted the story but dashed off to Washington, DC to find an answer.
Because of the trouble between Custer and the President, Lt. Col. Custer found himself in Washington, D.C. in May of 1876 trying to get his command back. The US 7th Cavlary was still at Fort Lincoln now located at Bismark, North Dakota.
L. Clem is buried in Ohio with a death date of May 1st 1876. There is little doubt that L. Clem was killed by Indians however he was NOT killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn along with Custer as so many articles now state.
One reason why so many historians think that L. Clem was killed with Custer is because of what their younger sister E. Clem now (Adams) had stated during an interview during the 1880's. She told newspapers that L. Clem had been killed by Indians with Custer in 1876.
L. Clem was killed by Indians in what is now Custer City, South Dakota on May 1st 1876 and NOT with Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876.