James Sturgis' body was never found, despite concerted and extraordinary efforts to locate the body of the eldest son of the Commanding Ofiicer Samuel Sturgis. While Indian testimony contains several stories of soldiers who ran away from the battle, the suicide story mentioned previously may be true and may not. A few months after the battle, near the mouth of the Rosebud River more than 60 miles away, the remains of a 7th Cavalry horse with saddle and gear was found. It had been shot through the head, possibly used for food, and the soldier's carbine was located nearby. This and other unexplained incidents lead some to speculate that at least one soldier didin fact survive the battle. If it had been young Sturgis, would he have been reluctant to reveal the fact that he had survived? Or would he be willing to possibly tarnish the name of a prominent military family such as the Sturgis'? His father, grandfather and great grandfather had all been Generals in the Army at some point. It may have been easier for him to assume a new identity and disappear into the west. Just a possibility.