“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Post Cemetery

Post Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 6, 2010
1. Post Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The Post Cemetery predated the establishment of Fort Bowie, when soldiers of the California Column were interred here in 1862. The area was unfenced until 1878, when a four-foot adobe wall was erected to protect the graves from desecration by post livestock. In early 1885, a picket fence replaced the adobe wall and by 1887, headstones replaced the wooden headboards. Some simply read: "Unknown. Killed by Apaches."

Of the most decorated was Medal of Honor recipient O.O. Spence. Also interred here were military dependents, civilian employees, emigrants, mail carriers, and three Apache children, one of which was Geronomino's two-year-old son.

Five months after the fort's closure, the remains of 72 soldiers, dependents and "Unknowns" were removed for reinternment at the San Francisco National Cemetery. Twenty-three civilian graves remain.

(Photo Caption)
"Knowing that persons now living have friends buried there, it may be a source of consolation to them to know that the graves of their departed friends at Camp Bowie are marked with slabs and that green grass grows upon every mound."
John H. Marion, 1870
Erected by National Park Service - Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Marker series. This marker is
Fort Bowie Post Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 6, 2010
2. Fort Bowie Post Cemetery
included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 32° 8.806′ N, 109° 26.901′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Apache Pass Road 2.3 miles south of Bear Springs Road. Click for map. Marker is located midway along the trail between the Apache Pass Road parking area / trailhead and the fort ruins / visitor center. To reach the Apache Pass Road parking area, from Bowie, drive south on Apache Pass Rd for approximately eight miles to the parking area. From Willcox, drive southeast for 20 miles on State Route 186 to Apache Pass Road, then drive another eight miles on Apache Pass Road to the parking area. Be prepared to walk three miles round trip to the cemetery and back. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bascom Affair / Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Fort Bowie (approx. half a mile away); The Ericksons: Pioneer Settlers (approx. 10.2 miles away); Erickson Family Cemetery (approx. 10.2 miles away); Faraway Ranch (approx. 10.6 miles away); Fort Bowie
Orisobo Spence Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 6, 2010
3. Orisobo Spence Memorial
Head board and stone memorial of Medal of Honor recipient O.O. Spence
(approx. 12.5 miles away); Old Fort Bowie (approx. 12.5 miles away); Centennial of Chiricahua Apache/U.S. Cessation of Hostilities 1886 (approx. 12.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowie.
Also see . . .  Post Cemetery - Fort Bowie National Historic Site website. (Submitted on September 28, 2013.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
Apache Children Grave Sites image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 6, 2010
4. Apache Children Grave Sites
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photographs with wide views of the marker and the cemetery. • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement