Fort Bayard (2)

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Fort Bayard (2) (1866-1900) - A U.S. Army post established in 1866 after the U.S. Civil War near present day Santa Clara in Grant County, New Mexico. Named for Brigadier General George D. Bayard (Cullum 1721), who died 14 Dec 1862 of wounds received at Fredericksburg during the U.S. Civil War. Abandoned as a garrisoned post in 1900 and became U.S. Army Tuberculosis Sanitarium.

Fort Bayard (2) History

Established 21 Aug 1866 during the Sioux Indian Wars to protect miners from hostile Indians. The post was built out as an open plan, four company post built around a central parade. The officer's quarters line the northwest side of the parade and the four enlisted barracks lined the opposite side.

Discontinued as a garrisoned post on 2 Jan 1900 and turned over for use as a U.S. Army Tuberculosis Sanitarium. On 1 May 1922 Fort Bayard became a VA hospital. In 1965 the State of New Mexico assumed control of the post as a long term health care facility and it remained so until it was abandoned in 2010.


Fort Bayard (2) Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1869-10-04 1870-08-01 “Maj. Mason, John S. 1339
1881-04-29 1881-10-26 “Lt. Col. Swaine, Peter T. 1559
1882 1882-12-13 “Maj. Mizner, John K. 1743
1888-03-24 1895-04-25 “Col. Bliss, Zenas R. 1671
1895-05-18 1896-10 “Col. Kent, Jacob F. 1918
1899-06-28 1899-11 “Capt. Read, George W. 3008
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

Abandoned Veterans Administration Hospital now state owned near Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Bayard Type: Historical Class: Military ID: 919967
  • Location: Grant County, New Mexico, US, FIPS Code: 35017
  • Latitude: 32.7961111, Longitude: -108.1497222, Elevation: 6115 Map: Fort Bayard
  • As Of: 1 Aug 1993
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Near Santa Clara in Grant County, New Mexico.

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Lat: 32.797834 Long: -108.149465

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