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Fort Miller (1851-1858) (1863-1864) - Originally established as Fort Miller in 1851 during the California Gold Rush by 2nd Lt. Treadwell Moore (Cullum 1356), 2nd U.S. Infantry. Abandoned in June 1858. Reoccupied in 1863 during the U.S. Civil War by Lt. Colonel James W. Olney, 2nd California Volunteer Infantry. The California Volunteers departed Fort Miller in December 1864

Millerton Lake & Friant Dam
Friant Dam

Fort Miller History

Fort Miller Plan

Originally established on 26 May 1851 during the California Gold Rush by 2nd Lt. Treadwell Moore (Cullum 1356), and companies B & K of the 2nd U.S. Infantry totaling 62 men. Abandoned in June 1858.

Reoccupied during the U.S. Civil War on 22 Aug 1863 by Lt. Colonel James W. Olney and Companies A & K, 2nd California Volunteer Infantry after a 130 mile march from Stockton. The California Volunteers departed Fort Miller in December 1864. The last post return is dated September 1864.


Fort Miller Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1851-05-26 1851-12-17 2nd Lt. Moore, Treadwell M. 1356 Company K, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1851-12-17 1852-02-07 Captain Lyon, Nathaniel 1069 Company B, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1852-02-07 1852-06 1st Lt. Moore, Treadwell M. 1356 Company B, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1852-08-13 1853-05-20 Captain
Bvt Major
Patten, George W. 622 Company K, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1853-05-20 1854-04-05 Captain
Bvt Major
Wessells, Henry W. 735 Company G, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1854-04-05 1854-06-21 2nd Lt. Wright, Thomas 1425 Company G, 2nd U.S. Infantry
1854-06-21 1854-07-10 1st Lt. Castor, Thomas F. 1299 Company A, 1st U.S. Dragoons
1854-07-10 1855-11-19 1st Lt. Loeser, Lucien 1136 Company K, 3rd U.S. Artillery
1855-11-19 1856-07-25 1st Lt. Stewart, Joseph 1128 Company K, 3rd U.S. Artillery
1856-07-25 1857-01-12 1st Lt. Loeser, Lucien 1136 Company K, 3rd U.S. Artillery
1857-01-12 1858-03-01 1st Lt. Livingston, La Rhett S. 1597 Company K, 3rd U.S. Artillery
1858-03-01 1858-06 Captain Ord, Edward O. C. 1002 Company K, 3rd U.S. Artillery
1863-08-22 1864-09-04 Lt. Colonel Olney, James W. N/A 2nd California Volunteer Infantry
1864-09-04 1864-09-29 Colonel Lippitt, Francis J. N/A 2nd California Volunteer Infantry
1864-09-29 1864-10-?? Captain Flynn, Henry N/A Company A, 2nd California Volunteer Infantry
Dates are formatted in yyyy-mm-dd to sort correctly.
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

The original Fort Miller blockhouse was relocated in 1944 to Roeding Park in Fresno when the Friant Dam was completed and the original site was covered with water. The City of Fresno has leased some of Roeding Park to non-profit organizations and the blockhouse was relocated back to the Friant area. The Table Mountain Rancheria Band of Indians appears to have control of the original blockhouse remains and may be planning to make it part of a museum or interpretative center. Location .


Location: Originally located beside the San Joaquin River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Fresno County, California. The original site is now covered by Millerton Lake in back of the Friant Dam.

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.015282 Long: -119.658333

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Visited: 13 Aug 2009

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