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Near Sonoita in Santa Cruz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Camp Crittenden

 
 
Camp Crittenden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
1. Camp Crittenden Marker
Inscription. Established August 10, 1867. Named Camp Crittenden by Generals Orders No. 57 Department of California, September 30, 1867, in honor of Thomas S. Crittenden, Col. 32nd U.S. Infantry Major General U.S. Volunteers. Camp abandoned June 1, 1873. Established to protect settlements of Babocomari, Sonoita, and Santa Cruz Valleys against Indians. Leading a detachment of troops from Camp Crittenden, Lieut. H. B. Cushing was killed in a skirmish on May 5, 1871 by an Apache war leader from Cochise's band.
 
Erected 1968 by Arizona Highway Department.
 
Location. 31° 39.522′ N, 110° 41.826′ W. Marker is near Sonoita, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Arizona Route 82 at milepost 29.5, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sonoita AZ 85637, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mowry Mine (approx. 8.8 miles away); Patagonia Depot (approx. 8.8 miles away); Cady Hall (approx. 8.9 miles away); Historic Empire Ranch
Camp Crittenden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
2. Camp Crittenden Marker
View of marker and the Santa Rita Mountains to the northwest.
(approx. 9.4 miles away); Hired Manís House – Who Lived Here?/Historic Preservation of the Hired Manís House (approx. 9.4 miles away); Home for Ranch Families (approx. 9Ĺ miles away); Boy Scout Memorial (approx. 11 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Official Report - Circumstances Attending the Death of Lieut. Cushing. A July 5, 1871 Article from the New York Times (Submitted on February 3, 2010.) 

2. A Photograph of the Ruins of Fort Crittenden. This photo is held by the Arizona Memory Project at the Arizona State Library. (Submitted on February 3, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Camp Crittenden (1867-1873)
Named for Colonel Thomas L. Crittenden, who commanded the 32nd Infantry at the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, and Chickamauga during the Civil War, the fort was established on August 10, 1867. Located at the head of Davidson Canyon, just west of present-day Sonoita, Arizona, Camp Crittenden was built adjacent to the site of Fort Buchanan. The purpose of the fort was to protect settlers in the Babocomar, Sonoita, and Santa Cruz Valleys, and saw much action during the Apache Wars especially between the years 1870 and 1871. The fort was closed on June 1, 1873. Very little remains of this post; mostly crumbling adobe and mounds of
Camp Crittenden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
3. Camp Crittenden Marker
View of marker and the Santa Rita Mountains to the northwest.
earth that were once barracks walls. It is located on private land in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
Source: Legends of America – Arizona Forts of the American West http://www.legendsofamerica.com/az-forts.html#Camp%20Crittenden
    — Submitted February 3, 2010.

 
Categories. MilitaryWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,683 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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