Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
BG Benjamin H. Grierson
08 Jul 1826 - 31 Aug 1911
Buried - Jacksonville, IL
Married Alice Kirk - 24 Sep 1854
Married Lillian King - 28 Jul 1897
Fathered seven children
29 years of military service
1861 - 1890
Advocated equal treatment for Blacks and Native Americans
"As a commander, Grierson gave the Army a vision for what it could be -- an organization where all who sacrifice for this country are treated fairly and where their service is honored equally."
LTG David G. Perkins, 08 Aug 2012
Composer - wrote music for
Abraham Lincoln's 1860 Campaign
Union Civil War Volunteer
08 May 1861 - 30 Apr 1866
Illinois - Tennessee
Mississippi - Iowa
Meridian - Vicksburg
Tupelo - Mobile
Saved MG W. T. Sherman's Life
27 May 1871
BG - 03 Jun 1863
Brevet MG - 27 May 1865
Commanded 10th Cavalry
Jul 1866 - Nov 1888
Sep 1866 - Aug 1867
Forts Riley - Concho
Grant - Sill
Depts of Texas
1875 - 1888
Tracked Chief Victorio
May - Oct 1890
BG - 05 Apr 1890
08 Jul 1890
"Ready and Forward"
"...he commanded Black troops, treated them with respect...and never failed to support and defend them against racial slurs, prejudice, and discrimination..."
William Leckie (1984)
"...his veracity and integrity have never been questioned...his character...as an officer and gentleman beyond reproach...I can testify to his...efficiency and gallantry in the field."
B. H. Grierson, Col. 10th Cav. Nov 01, 1881
Ltr supporting Lt Flipper at his court martial. (Newberry Library)
Erected 2012 by Fort Leavenworth.
Location. 39° 20.779′ N, 94° 55.163′ W. Marker is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Grant Avenue south of Smith Lake, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Monument is on the Circle of Firsts at the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Colin L. Powell (a few steps from this marker); General Roscoe Robinson Jr. 2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper (within shouting distance of this marker); The Buffalo Soldier Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 555th Parachute Infantry Company (within shouting distance of this marker); 32nd and 44th U.S. Volunteer Infantries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Meriwether Lewis (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain William Clark (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin H. Grierson Papers at Texas Tech University. (Submitted on May 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Benjamin H. Grierson Bio. (Submitted on May 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Benjamin Henry Grierson Bio. (Submitted on May 4, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Patriots & Patriotism • Wars, US Indian •
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