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Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Cemetery

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. Cemetery Marker
Caption: Plat of the cemetery
Inscription.  Of the 161 burials in the Fort Buford cemetery, only a handful were directly related to combat. Soldiers as well as military dependents, civilians, Indian scouts employed by the army, and Indians visiting or living near the fort were buried here.
The majority of deaths were from illness, many of which went unidentified. Among the identifiable fatal diseases were heart disease, consumption (tuberculosis), typhoid fever, pneumonia, Bright's disease (a disease of the kidneys), acute gastritis, mumps, and dropsy (edema). Death at the post also occurred from accidental shootings, suicide, poisoning, murder, drowning. and "general debility." Deaths were even caused by lightning when, in 1880, two Indian women and a baby were struck; one of the women and the baby died instantly. Both were buried in the post cemetery.
Records indicate that only eight of the original burials remain. In 1896 the military burials are moved to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Cemetery. May Hazen, the daughter of the Post Commander Colonel William B. Hazen, was disinterred slightly more than a year after her 1872 death and burial in the post cemetery. May's
Fort Buford Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. Fort Buford Cemetery and Marker
remains were sent to "the States" for reburial. This was not uncommon for officer's families.
 
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Location. 47° 59.036′ N, 104° 0.192′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Trader's Complex (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Buford State Historic Site (about 700 feet away); North Dakota Masonic Foundation (about 700 feet away); Fort Buford Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yellowstone Lodge #88 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Telegraph Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Field Officers' Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts, Castles
 
Fort Buford Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
3. Fort Buford Cemetery
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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