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Sparkill in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gravesite of General John Charles Frémont

1813 – 1890

 

—Explorer, Pathmarker, Mapper of the Oregon Trail —

 
Gravesite of General John Charles Frémont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
1. Gravesite of General John Charles Frémont Marker
Inscription. Atop Rockland Cemetery lies the grave of he whose exploration in the 1840s opened the way west for countless settlers, who issued the first Emancipation Proclamation and who saved the west for the Union in 1861.

From the ashes of his campfires have sprung cities.
Jessie Benton Frémont

Erected by the Friends of Frémont, May 1989, on the occasion of the restoration of the Frémont gravesite.
 
Erected 1989 by Friends of Frémont.
 
Location. 41° 2.426′ N, 73° 55.697′ W. Marker is in Sparkill, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Kings Highway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is near the entrance to Rockland Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Sparkill NY 10976, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Charles Fremont (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named John Charles Fremont (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Last Stop U.S.A. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bridge Street Bridge Over The Sparkill Creek (approx. 0.7 miles away);
Marker on Kings Highway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
2. Marker on Kings Highway
Sneden House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church Piermont and Sparkill (approx. ľ mile away); St. Charles A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparkill.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a carving of John Frémont "The Pathfinder" on horseback, pointing towards a mountain range.
 
Also see . . .  John Charles Frémont. Civil War Biographies. (Submitted on June 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Additional keywords. Fremont
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesExplorationNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Grave Monument of<br>General John Charles Frémont image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
3. Grave Monument of
General John Charles Frémont
Known as the "Pathfinder," John Frémont is best known for his trailblazing accomplishments in the Far West. He was also a Senator and Civil Governor of California, Governor of the Arizona Territory, Major General in the Civil War, and the first Republican nominee for President.
Detail of Grave Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
4. Detail of Grave Monument
Frémont Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
5. Frémont Gravestone
Gen. John Frémont is buried in a family plot in Rockland Cemetery.
John Charles Frémont image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
6. John Charles Frémont
This painting of John C. Frémont by William Smith Jewett hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“In 1846 the newspaperman John L. O'Sullivan coined the phrase ‘manifest destiny’ to describe America's mission to ‘overspread the continent allotted [to us] by Providence.’ A member of the U.S. Topographical Corps, the ‘Great Pathfinder’ John C. Fremont made that destiny a reality with his many explorations of western routes to the Pacific. In 1846-47, Fremont fought to capture California from Mexico, but his insubordination led to his dismissal from service, an act that only added to his appeal as spokesman for western Americans. Personally and politically well-connected (he was the son-in-law of powerful Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton), Fremont was a senator from California and then ran for president in 1856 as the Republican Party's first candidate. He was an unsuccessful Civil War general, losing Abraham Lincoln's confidence when he issued a premature announcement emancipating Missouri's slaves.” — National Portrait Gallery
Rockland Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
7. Rockland Cemetery
Gen. John Frémont is buried at the highest point in this cemetery. The marker is near the entrance, a short distance from this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,262 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on April 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on June 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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