Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Hays Military Cemetery
Often times soldiers who died while fighting were buried where they fell. Most who died at or near the post were buried at the fort's military cemetery, approximately one mile northwest of here. Nearly 25 of the 175 buried here were civilians. The first burial was a victim of cholera in 1867. That summer's epidemic claimed 23 military victims in approximately one month's time. The last burial at the post cemetery took place in 1889 after the death of the five-year-old son of an 18th U.S. Infantry soldier.
When the fort was abandoned in 1889 the army decided to relocate the military graves to Fort Leavenworth so they could be properly tended. The residents of Hays City delayed the move, afraid that disturbing the remains might trigger another cholera epidemic. The graves were finally relocated in 1905.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
Location. 38° 51.723′ N, 99° 20.641′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sentinel Hill (a Officers in Tents (a few steps from this marker); Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Row (about 300 feet away); Enlisted Barracks (about 300 feet away); Parade Ground (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hays.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Hays at Kansapedia. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.