Fort Klamath in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial
Pvt. Pedro Greeberg · Nov. 29, 1865 Pvt. Stephen T. Hallock · Apr. 2, 1866 Pvt. Daniel Gallagher · Dec. 12, 1872 Pvt. Edward Archer · Aug. 16, 1873 Pvt. Christ Eggling · Oct. 13, 1874 Pvt. John Welsh · Apr. 20, 1873 Pvt. James Albin · Apr. 20, 1873 Pvt. Michael Flynn · Apr. 20, 1873 Corpl. Julius St. Clair · Apr. 26, 1873 Pvt. Fred Gieb · Apr. 26, 1873 Ed Drew · Apr. 15, 1873 William Searles, Bugler · Apr. 15, 1873 John Parker, Artificer · Apr. 26, 1873 Lieut. Henry Dew. Moore · May 9, 1878 Pvt. Richard O'Brien · Apr. 5, 1879 Sgt. James Holland · Dec. 24, 1882 Pvt. Daniel Kavanagh · July 21, 1883 Chas. Hand · Feb. 1, 1873 Geo. Summers · Dec. 10, 1866 Twobits · Oct. 5, 1873 Jeremiah Crooks · Feb. 1, 1873 Nancy Myer David McKay · May 18, 1878 Agnus Askins John McIntyre · Oct. 2, 1880 W.D. Richards · Dec. 31. 1880 Thomas J. Burke · July 31, 1889 Pvt. McKenzie Packard · Dec. 15, 1863 Pvt. Lewis Libental · Feb. 28, 1869 Pvt. James Harris · Nov. 29. 1872 Pvt. Henry Everett · Oct. 13, 1873 Pvt. Waldmer Larsen · Dec.
Location. 42° 41.76′ N, 121° 58.614′ W. Marker is in Fort Klamath, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker can be reached from Oregon Route 62 0.1 miles west of County Route 623. Click for map. The marker is located in the Fort Klamath Historic Cemetery, which is located on the west side of Hwy. 62 (Crater Lake Highway), about halfway between the site of the fort and the town of the same name. Marker is in this post office area:
Regarding Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial. The marker lists 58 persons. Although the marker indicates that 22 of these were casualties of the Modoc War, they are not identified on the marker. Which ones were war casualties can be guessed at, however, as the Modoc War ran from November, 1872 to June, 1873. The first US Army death in the war occurred on November 29, 1872, at the Battle of Lost River - presumably that would have been the Pvt. James Harris listed on the marker. The three deaths recorded for January 17, 1873 correspond to the First Battle of the Stronghold. The three deaths recorded for April 15-16, 1873 correspond to the Second Battle of the Stronghold. The most common date of death on the marker, April 26, 1873 (N=7) corresponds to the date of the Battle of Sand Butte (Hardin Butte).
A total of 55 US soldiers were killed in the Modoc Wars, plus another 18 civilians or Indian scouts, while the Modoc lost 15 warriors. (Note that these numbers will vary slightly depending on which source is consulted.)
But not only soldiers are listed on the memorial. Amongst the others are: Dr. Munson, who died of a heart attack while climbing the slope to Crater lake, and for whom Crater Lake National Park's Munson Valley is named; Agnus Askins, only child of Sgt. Askins, having died at only 9 months of age; Nancy Myer, a laundress with the US Army; Two Bits was an Indian guide during the Modoc War; and Hiram Fields, the post's carpenter (who was the one who erected the gallows upon which the Capt. Jack and 3 other Modocs were hung in October, 1873).
Also see . . .
1. Disposition of Fort Klamath Soldiers Remains. The Klamath County Historical Society's Winter 2013 article on the Fort Klamath cemeteries and the removal of their remains to the San Francisco Presidio. (Submitted on December 23, 2015.)
2. History of the Cemetery. The Fort Klamath Cemetery Association's history of this cemetery. (Submitted on December 23, 2015.)
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