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Fort Stevenson (1867-1883) - Established 14 Jun 1867 by Major Joseph N.G. Whistler (Cullum 1318) of the 31st U.S. Infantry with troops from Fort Berthold and named for Brigadier General Thomas G. Stevenson who was killed at the battle of Spotsylvania, 10 May 1864. Fort Stevenson served as a supply base for Fort Totten (1), protected navigation along the Missouri River and helped manage the Indian populations. Abandoned in 1883. Also known as New Fort Berthold.

Fort Stevenson Marker
Fort Stevenson Replica 3" Gun
Fort Stevenson Replica Guardhouse

Fort Stevenson History

The fort itself was never directly attacked, although war parties were sighted, and work crews occasionally engaged in skirmishes. Of far greater danger were the fierce winters on the northern plains. Temperatures of 40 below or less were recorded; snow piled above the crude windows; and all communication with the outside world shut down as the weather halted supply trains, mail delivery and river traffic. An exceptional account of life on the Missouri can be found in the journals of Philippe Regis de Trobriand, who commanded the fort from 1867 until 1870.

Fort Stevenson was abandoned 22 Jul 1883 but a small detachment remained until 31 Aug 1883 to dismantle the fort and dispose of public property. The garrison was transferred to Fort Buford and the fort was turned over to the Fort Berthold Indian Agency 7 Aug 1883. The Interior Department took possession of the fort 14 Nov 1894.

Current Status

The original fort site is under the waters of Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River. A replica Fort Stevenson guardhouse displays the sallyport and serves as a visitor center and museum.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Stevenson Public Use Area Type: Class: Park ID: 1029022
  • Location: McLean County, North Dakota, US, FIPS Code: 38055
  • Latitude: 47.5908333, Longitude: -101.4198834, Elevation: 1883 Map: Garrison Dam North
  • As Of: 13 Feb 1980
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Under the waters of Lake Sakakawea on the what was the north bank of the Missouri River between Douglas and Garrison creeks, about two miles southwest of the present park site in McLean County.

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Lat: 47.581158 Long: -101.503887

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Visited: 17 Sep 2013

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