Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
At each post, the trader enjoyed a monopoly. Before and during the Civil War, most military sutlers were regarded as swindlers. However, military reform in 1867 brought in more responsible and respected shopkeepers. Fort Bowie's trader, Sidney DeLong, typified that new breed: a true gentleman; the fort's ranking civilian; and a territorial leader.
In DeLong's two south rooms, officers met to play billiards and cards, to drink and talk. His bar on the north side provided enlisted men with beer and a brief respite from the day's military regimen.
Location. 32° 8.679′ N, 109° 26.24′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 1½ miles south of Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the second Fort Bowie site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. If you are unable to hike the 3.0 mile round trip trail,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Fort Bowie (about 500 feet away); First Fort Bowie (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 700 feet away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 339 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.