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Ovid in Sedgwick County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory

 
 
Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory Marker
Inscription.  
"We have no business to put men out here unless we give them food and shelter, and all things but sand and water must be hauled from 1 to 400 miles."
Lt. Gen. William T. Sherman, Fort Sedgwick, August 1866

Camp Rankin was established just north of here in September 1864 as a response to increasing troubles from Plains Indians. The post was soon renamed Fort Sedgwick in honor of Major General John Sedgwick, a Civil War hero.

Beginning as a couple of sod huts surrounded by a sod wall, the fort quickly grew into a full-blown military installation before fading into oblivion a short seven years later.

Fort Sedgwick's troops protected telegraph lines and stage stations, and kept the Overland Route open for commerce and travel.

This marker stands at the site of the fort hospital.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1864.
 
Location. 40° 56.341′ N, 102° 22.7′ W. Marker is in Ovid, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on County Route 28, 0.3 miles west of River Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ovid CO 80744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hard Duty on the Plains (here, next to this marker); Julesburg in Ashes (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Moving Story (approx. 0.9 miles away); Neither Rain Nor Sleet (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Julesburg (approx. 0.9 miles away); Overland City (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sugar Town (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ovid.
 
Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. Fort Sedgwick, Colorado Territory Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,705 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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