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Ovid in Sedgwick County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hard Duty on the Plains

 
 
Hard Duty on the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Hard Duty on the Plains Marker
Inscription. Military records, diaries and letters of those who survived life at the post reveal a
saga of fraud and corruption, bravery and daring-do...triumph and tragedy...where conditions were considered unlivable, pleasures were few and the nearest bath was the South Platte River."
Dallas Williams, Fort Sedgwick, C.T. - Hell Hole on the Platte

Those who did not survive were buried in the cemetery on a hill just south of the fort. In 1891, the bodies were transferred to Fort McPherson Military Cemetery in Nebraska. Today a flagpole marks the cemetery grounds.

In 1869, Indians could no longer roam at will in eastern Colorado. Fort Sedgwick had outlived its usefulness. In May 1871, the post was abandoned and most of the buildings removed for use at other military installations.
 
Location. 40° 56.341′ N, 102° 22.7′ W. Marker is in Ovid, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on County Route 28 0.3 miles west of River Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ovid CO 80744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory (here, next to this marker); Overland City (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Julesburg

Hard Duty on the Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. Hard Duty on the Plains Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Neither Rain Nor Sleet (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Moving Story (approx. 0.9 miles away); Julesburg in Ashes (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 1.5 miles away); Sugar Town (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ovid.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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