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Modoc War Casualties

Gillems Graveyard

 
 
Modoc War Casualties Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
1. Modoc War Casualties Marker
Inscription. It is difficult today to trace the disposition of all those killed in action during the Modoc War. This site was first consecrated January 17, 1873, when two soldiers were buried here. It became an official cemetery in April when thirteen enlisted men were brought from the battlefield at Hardin Butte. Officers were taken to private cemeteries in their home towns or to various military cemeteries around the country.

Most enlisted men were buried where they fell on the battlefields. In August, after the war, they were of interred in this cemetery. In November, 1875, half of them were moved to the cemetery at Fort Klamath. Records do not disclose when the rest were moved. All were taken from Fort Klamath to the Presidio in San Francisco in 1885. With each internment, fewer remains were identified. Most of the privates now share a single, common grave.

No remains lie here today, but this cemetery memorializes those who fought and died in various conflicts during the Modoc War of 1872 – 1873. Their names, gleamed from dozens of historic records, are listed below. Divisions of the US Army that were camped here are listed with their subsequent campaigns. You, a relative, or a friend may have served in one of these same units.

Civilians
Alexander, Robert. 11-29-72 • Boddy, William. 11-29-72 • Brotherton,
Modoc War Casualties Marker and Gillums Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
2. Modoc War Casualties Marker and Gillums Graveyard
William K. 11-29-72 • Cravigan, Richard. 11-29-72 • Cravigan, William. 11-29-72 • Erasmus, Christopher. 11-29-72 • Follins. 11-29-72 • Hovey, Eugene. • Miller, Henry. 11-29-72 • Nus, Wendolen. 11-29-72 • Schira, Nicholas. 11-29-72 • Shearer, Nicholas. 11-29-72 • Schillingbow, Adam. 11-29-72 • Thomas, Eleazer. 4-11-73 • Thurber, Jack. 11-29-72 • Tober, John. 11-29-72 • Webber, Louis. 4-26-73

Modocs
Big Ike. 4-15-73 • Black Jim. 1-3-73 • Boston Charley. 10-3-73 • Captain Jack. 10-3-73 • Curley Headed Jack. 6-73 • Ellen’s Man George. 5-10-73 • Greasy Boots. 1-17-73 • Little John, POW. 6-8-73 • Mooch, POW. 6-8-73 • Old Tales, 4-15-73 • One-eyed Watchman. 11-29-72 • Pony, POW. 6-8-73 • Schonchin, John. 10-3-73 • Shacknasty, Frank. • Te-he Jack, POW. 6-8-73

Volunteers:
Brown, John R., PVT. Oregon Vol. B Co, 1-17-73 • Trimble, Frank W., PVT. Oregon Vol. B Co, 1-17-73

Warm Springs Scouts
Lebastea. 5-10-73 • Wassamukka. 5-10-73

Soldiers
Albin, James E., PVT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Benham, William F., PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 5-6-73 • Benson, John, PVT., 21st Inf. F Co. 1-7-73 • Bloom, Louis, PVT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Boyle, William, PVT. 12th Inf. F Co. 4-26-73 • Branner, John, PVT. 21st Inf. C Co. 1-17-73 • Canby, Edward R.S., BG. 4-11-73 • Clinton, Malachi, ISG, 12th Inf. E Co. 5-8-73 • Collins,
Gillems Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
3. Gillems Graveyard
John, PVT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Cranston, Arthur, 1LT, 4th Art. M Bat. 4-26-73 • Donohue, William G. PVT. 1st Cav. G Trp. 12-22-72 • Drew, Edward, CPL. 12th Inf. G Co. 4-15-73 • Eads, William, PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Fisher, Aldolphus, PVT. 1st Cav. B Trp. 5-10-73 • Flynn, Michael, PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Geil, Fred. W. PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Glaerman, Carl, PVT. 21st Inf. B Co. 1-17-73 • Harman, Henry C., PVT. 4th Art. E Bat. 4-16-73 • Harris, PVT. 1st Cav. B Trp. 11-29-72 • Harris, George M., 2LT. 4th Art. K Bat. 5-12-73 • Harvard, Francis, PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Hebin, James E. PVT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Hollis, George, PVT. 1st Cav. F Trp. 1-17-73 • Howard, Thomas, PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Howe, Albion, 1Lt. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Johnson, Charles. PVT. 1 st Cav. K Trp, 4-15-73 • Kernan, F. B., Trp. 4th Art. A Bat. • Laselle, Charles W., PVT. 21st Inf. F. Co. 1-17-73 • Long, Robert, PVT. 21st F Co. 1-17-73 • Lynch, John, PVT. 4th Art. K Bat. 4-26-73 • McGarth, Patrick, PVT. 1st Cav. B Trp. 5-24-73 • McMillen, James, PVT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Monroe, James, PVT. 21st Inf. B Co. 1-17-73 • Mooney, Lenuce, CPL. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Moran, Edward, BGL. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Morgan, Richard, SGT. 4th Art. E Bat. 4-17-73 • Neusbaum, Berthold, PVT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Parker, John, ART. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Ronser, Robert, ISG. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Rose, James, PVT. 4th Art. K Bat. 4-26-73 • Searly, William, BGL. 1st Cav. F Trp. 4-15-73 • Seelig, Herrman, SGT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Sherwood, William L., 1LT. 21st E Co. 4-14-73 • Smith, Sidny, A., PVT. 1st Cav. G Trp. 12-21-72 • Smith, William, BGL. 4th Art. M Bat. 4-16-73 • St. Clair, Julius, CPL. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73 • Thomas, Evan, CPT. 4th Art. A Bat. 4-26-73 • Tolten, James I., CPL. 1st Cav. B Trp. 5-10-73 • Tolten, James J., CPL. 1st Cav. B Trp. 5-10-73 • Wallace, Michael, PVT. 4th Art. K Bat. 4-26-73 • Ward, John, PVT. 4th Art. K Bat. 4-26-73 • Welsh, Joseph, PVT. 12th Inf. G Co. 4-20-73 • Wright, Thomas F. 1LT. 12th Inf. E Co. 4-26-73

1st Calvary
Nez Perces • Indian Wars – Idaho • Indian Wars – Arizona • Indian Wars – Montana • War with Spain • Philippine Insurrection • World War II • Vietnam War
4th Artillery
Mexican Expedition • World War II • Vietnam
12th Infantry
Indian Wars • War with Spain • Philippine Insurrection • World War II • Vietnam War
21st Infantry
Nez Perces • War with Spain • Philippine Insurrection • World War II • Korean War • Vietnam War

Many wars have occurred since the Modoc War, and many more are yet to be fought. The people involved may change, but the names we call them and the reasons we fight remain the same. There are no true winners in war. We all pay a price.
 
Location. 41° 49.442′ N, 121° 33.415′ W. Marker is in Tulelake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from Hill Road (County Road 10). Touch for map. Marker and graveyard site are located within the boundaries of Lava Beds National Monument near Gillems Camp. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War in the Lava Beds (within shouting distance of this marker); Attracted to Water (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canby Cross (approx. 0.8 miles away); Last Meeting of the Peace Commission (approx. 0.8 miles away); River of Rocks - The Devils Homestead Lava Flow (approx. 2.2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Road to the Stronghold (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lava Fortress (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulelake.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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