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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

 
 
Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 14, 2003
1. Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries Marker
Inscription. Here beneath Oklahoma skies far from their native haunts in Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico is the resting place for more than 300 Apaches of the Chiricahua, Warm Springs, and Nedni tribes. During and after the Geronimo campaign of 1886 these people—hostiles, friendlies, and scouts alike—were sent as prisoners-of-war to Florida, then to Alabama.

In 1894 they were brought to Fort Sill where they remained for the next 19 years. Living in 12 villages, with many of their leading men serving as soldiers and U.S. scouts, they built their own houses, fenced the entire military reserve, dug water tanks which still dot the landscape, raised 10,000 cattle, and grew bountiful crops. Granted freedom by Act of Congress in 1913, 183 returned to New Mexico while 82 settled on farms near here.

This ground is a memorial both to their historic past and to their industry and perseverance on their long road to a new way of life.
 
Location. 34° 41.762′ N, 98° 22.261′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Elgin Road and Dodge Hill Road. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 8, 2015
2. Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries Marker
markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apache Indian Cemeteries (here, next to this marker); Quinette Crossing (approx. 1.8 miles away); Post Chapel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. 2 miles away); Post Headquarters (approx. 2 miles away); Post Guardhouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Proud American (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Apache Grave image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 14, 2003
3. Apache Grave
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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