Fort Riley (3)
Fort Riley (3) (1860-1860) - A settlers Fort established in 1860 during the Pyramid Lake Paiute War in Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada. Abandoned in 1860. Also known as .
Fort Riley (3) History
A milita force of 105 Virginia City settlers under the command of Major William Ormsby was ambushed on 12 May 1860 by a superior Paiute Indian force and 77 militia members, including Major Ormsby, were killed.
Word of the massacre caused the citizens of Virginia City to convert a partially completed stone building into a fort for the protection of the women and children. The fort was named Fort Riley and it later became the Virginia Hotel.
A cease-fire was declared in August 1860 and the fort was no longer required.
No remains in Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada