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Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial

 
 
Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2014
1. Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Fort Klamath
These 58 soldiers and associates were buried in this cemetery, including 22 casualties of the Modoc War. In 1890, after the fort was abandoned, the remains were exhumed and laid to rest at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Pvt. Pedro Greeberg · Nov. 29, 1865 • Pvt. Stephen T. Hallock · Apr. 2, 1866 • Pvt. Daniel Gallagher · Dec. 12, 1872 • Pvt. Edward Archer · Aug. 16, 1873 • Pvt. Christ Eggling · Oct. 13, 1874 • Pvt. John Welsh · Apr. 20, 1873 • Pvt. James Albin · Apr. 20, 1873 • Pvt. Michael Flynn · Apr. 20, 1873 • Corpl. Julius St. Clair · Apr. 26, 1873 • Pvt. Fred Gieb · Apr. 26, 1873 • Ed Drew · Apr. 15, 1873 • William Searles, Bugler · Apr. 15, 1873 • John Parker, Artificer · Apr. 26, 1873 • Lieut. Henry Dew. Moore · May 9, 1878 • Pvt. Richard O'Brien · Apr. 5, 1879 • Sgt. James Holland · Dec. 24, 1882 • Pvt. Daniel Kavanagh · July 21, 1883 • Chas. Hand · Feb. 1, 1873 • Geo. Summers · Dec. 10, 1866 • Twobits · Oct. 5, 1873 • Jeremiah Crooks · Feb. 1, 1873 • Nancy Myer • David McKay · May 18, 1878 • Agnus Askins • John McIntyre · Oct. 2, 1880 • W.D. Richards · Dec. 31. 1880 • Thomas J. Burke · July 31, 1889 • Pvt. McKenzie Packard · Dec. 15, 1863 • Pvt. Lewis Libental · Feb. 28, 1869 • Pvt. James Harris · Nov. 29. 1872 • Pvt. Henry Everett · Oct. 13, 1873 • Pvt. Waldmer Larsen · Dec.
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2014
2. Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial Marker - Wide View
17, 1873 • Corpl. Lawrence Mooney Apr. 20. 1873 • Pvt. Louis Bloom · Apr. 20. 1873 • Pvt. C.W. Lavelle · Jan. 17. 1873 • Pvt. John Benson · Jan. 17. 1873 • Sgt. Herman Seelig · Apr. 26, 1873 • Pvt. John Brown · Jan. 17, 1873 • William Smith, Bugler · Apr. 16, 1873 • Robert Roemek · Apr. 26, 1873 • Pvt. S.A. Smith · Dec. 21, 1872 • Pvt. William Donohue · Dec. 22, 1872 • Pvt. Theodore Ruth · June 22, 1881 • Sgt. Homer Conate · Sept. 12, 1882 • Pvt. Herman Christ · March 3, 1884 • Sgt. Carleton Peabody · March 21, 1888 • Dr. P.C. Munson · Aug. 17, 1871 • Anna Rhodes · May 3, 1866 • Geo. W. Roberts · Feb. 9, 1873 • L. Webber · Apr. 26, 1873 • Joseph Francel · Dec. 5, 1873 • Wilford H. Menhennett · June 7, 1878 • Louise Roberts · Oct. 16, 1878 • Orphae Mills · Oct. 15, 1878 • Hiram Field · Oct. 29, 1879 • Miss B.C. Parker · Jan. 3, 1883 • Backus, Infant Son of Lieut. George
 
Location. 42° 41.76′ N, 121° 58.614′ W. Marker is in Fort Klamath, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker can be reached from Oregon Route 62 0.1 miles west of County Route 623. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Fort Klamath Historic Cemetery, which is located on the west side of Hwy. 62 (Crater Lake Highway), about halfway between the site of the fort and the town of the same name. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Klamath OR 97626, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fort Klamath Historic Cemetery Entrance Gate image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2014
3. Fort Klamath Historic Cemetery Entrance Gate
At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Klamath (approx. Ό mile away); Ft. Klamath Frontier Post (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Sawmill (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Town of Fort Klamath (approx. 1.1 miles away); Collier Memorial Logging Museum (approx. 6.1 miles away); Crystal Recreation Area (approx. 10 miles away); UMC Indian Mission (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial. The marker lists 58 persons. Although the marker indicates that 22 of these were casualties of the Modoc War, they are not identified on the marker. Which ones were war casualties can be guessed at, however, as the Modoc War ran from November, 1872 to June, 1873. The first US Army death in the war occurred on November 29, 1872, at the Battle of Lost River - presumably that would have been the Pvt. James Harris listed on the marker. The three deaths recorded for January 17, 1873 correspond to the First Battle of the Stronghold. The three deaths recorded for April 15-16, 1873 correspond to the Second Battle of the Stronghold. The most common date of death on the marker, April 26, 1873 (N=7) corresponds to the date of the Battle of Sand Butte (Hardin Butte).
A total of 55 US soldiers were killed in the Modoc Wars, plus another 18 civilians or Indian scouts, while the Modoc lost 15 warriors. (Note that these numbers will vary slightly depending on which source is consulted.)

But not only soldiers are listed on the memorial. Amongst the others are: Dr. Munson, who died of a heart attack while climbing the slope to Crater lake, and for whom Crater Lake National Park's Munson Valley is named; Agnus Askins, only child of Sgt. Askins, having died at only 9 months of age; Nancy Myer, a laundress with the US Army; Two Bits was an Indian guide during the Modoc War; and Hiram Fields, the post's carpenter (who was the one who erected the gallows upon which the Capt. Jack and 3 other Modocs were hung in October, 1873).
 
Also see . . .
1. Disposition of Fort Klamath Soldiers’ Remains. The Klamath County Historical Society's Winter 2013 article on the Fort Klamath cemeteries and the removal of their remains to the San Francisco Presidio. (Submitted on December 23, 2015.) 

2. History of the Cemetery. The Fort Klamath Cemetery Association's history of this cemetery. (Submitted on December 23, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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