Camp Date Creek
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Camp Date Creek (1866-1873) - A U.S. Army camp first established in 1866 during the Apache Wars by Captain James W. Weir, 14th U.S. Infantry, in Yavapai County, Arizona. Moved to Skull Valley the reestablished as Camp McPherson in 1867, named for Brigadier General James B. McPherson (Cullum 1579), who was killed at the battle of Atlanta 22 Jul 1864. Renamed Camp Date Creek in 1868. Abandoned in 1873. Also known as Camp on Date Creek.
History of Camp Date Creek
Established by Captain James W. Weir, 14th U.S. Infantry, in 1866 during the Apache Wars. Moved on 12 Oct 1866 to Skull Valley. Reestablished as Camp McPherson 11 May 1867. Renamed Camp Date Creek in December 1868.
The post engaged in constant guard duties, escort duties and scouting patrols for hostile Indians. Even escort duty was dangerous, on 17 Jul 1869 the mail escort was attacked about fifteen miles from the post by a band of hostile Apache and two privates were killed.
Some ruins in Yavapai County, Arizona.
Location: Date Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona.
Maps & Images
Lat: 34.26419 Long: -112.92519
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 36
- Hart, Herbert M., Tour Guide to Old Western Forts, Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder CO, 1980, ISBN 0-87108-568-2, page 12
- Post returns available Jul 1866 - Aug 1873 at Ancestry.com (by Subscription)
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