Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Of the most decorated was Medal of Honor recipient O.O. Spence. Also interred here were military dependents, civilian employees, emigrants, mail carriers, and three Apache children, one of which was Geronomino's two-year-old son.
Five months after the fort's closure, the remains of 72 soldiers, dependents and "Unknowns" were removed for reinternment at the San Francisco National Cemetery. Twenty-three civilian graves remain.
"Knowing that persons now living have friends buried there, it may be a source of consolation to them to know that the graves of their departed friends at Camp Bowie are marked with slabs and that green grass grows upon every mound."
John H. Marion,
Erected by National Park Service - Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts and Castles • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 32° 8.806′ N, 109° 26.901′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Apache Pass Road, 2.3 miles south of Bear Springs Road. Marker is located midway along the trail between the Apache Pass Road parking area / trailhead and the fort ruins / visitor center. To reach the Apache Pass Road parking area, from Bowie, drive south on Apache Pass Rd for approximately eight miles to the parking area. From Willcox, drive southeast for 20 miles on State Route 186 to Apache Pass Road, then drive another eight miles on Apache Pass Road to the parking area. Be prepared to walk three miles round trip to the cemetery and back. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Butterfield Overland Mail (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency (about 800 feet away); The Stage Station RuinBascom-Cochise Meeting Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bascom Affair (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Apache Pass; July 15-16, 1862 (approx. ¼ mile away); Parke Camp Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apache Spring (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Also see . . . Post Cemetery - Fort Bowie National Historic Site website. (Submitted on September 28, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 831 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.