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Near Sheffield in Crockett County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Lancaster Cemetery

 
 
Fort Lancaster Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
1. Fort Lancaster Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This small cemetery is one of two known at Fort Lancaster. The fort likely had an official post military cemetery but its location is not known and the burials there would have been relocated to another fort when Fort Lancaster was decommissioned.

This cemetery contains the graves of Private J.H. Norris of the Confederate Army, the young son of Captain Arthur T. Lee, another grave with a headstone simply inscribed "Little Margaret" and several other unknown graves.

Captions
Upper Center: Private J.H. Norris - A Private in the Confederate Army, Company F, 2nd Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles, commanded by Lt. Col. Baylor. Pvt. Norris died of pneumonia at Fort Lancaster in 1861.

Lower Center: "Little Margaret"- Nothing is known about this grave except what the gravestone tells us, "Little Margaret died 13 October 1858".

Lower Right: Arthur Lee-Young son of Captain Arthur T. Lee, (pictured) he died while Lee and his family were traveling to Fort Davis. Captain Lee went on to be an accomplished artist, poet, and author.

"This afternoon
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a very melancholy fact was communicated to us. Captain Lee, the officer in second command at Fort Davis who had traveled with us from Fort Clark where we met him, had the misfortune to lose his little son fifteen months old the Captain had hardly reached the post before this mournful event occurred."
Edward Fitzgerald Beale, July 9, 1857

 
Erected by Fort Lancaster State Historic Site.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts and Castles. A significant historical date for this entry is July 9, 1857.
 
Location. 30° 40.109′ N, 101° 41.723′ W. Marker is near Sheffield, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker can be reached from Fort Lancaster Road, half a mile north of U.S. 290. The marker is located in the northeast section of the fort. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 Fort Lancaster Road, Sheffield TX 79781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commissary (about 600 feet away); Officer's Quarters (about 700 feet away); Company K Barracks (about 800 feet away); Sutler's Store (about 800 feet away); Battle at Fort Lancaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters
The Fort Lancaster Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
2. The Fort Lancaster Cemetery and Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Ruins of Fort Lancaster (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield.
 
More about this marker. The ruins of the fort and the markers are located on the grounds of the Fort Lancaster State Historic Site which requires a small entrance fee to access.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Lancaster State Historic Site. Texas Historical Commission (Submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Fort Lancaster Cemetery and Marker from the pathway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
3. The view of the Fort Lancaster Cemetery and Marker from the pathway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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