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Mojave Desert History

Military in the Mojave Desert

Military History in the Mojave Preserve

Conflict between Native Americans and Euro-Americans was the catalyst for the establishment of a lasting federal legacy in the Mojave desert. The Mohave attacked emigrant wagon trains in 1858, prompting a substantial military response. ...

Mojave Road

    Fort Piute

    Established in late 1859 by Captain James H. Carleton, 1st Dragoons, this desert post was located near Piute Springs in the foothills ...

    Camp Rock Springs

    An official Army post, Camp Rock Spring in the Mojave Desert, on the road from Camp Cady to Fort Mohave, Arizona, located near Kelso, ...

    Marl Springs

    It may have been the last of the desert redoubts to be established, but Camp Marl Springs' history indicates it was one of the most ...

    Camp Soda Springs

    This desert camp, variously named for the dry soda lake in its vicinity, was first established south of ...

    Camp Cady

    For three months the Dragoons quartered themselves in temporary shelters of brush and mud or dugouts similar to those used later by the ...

Other Camps & Forts

    Bitter Springs

    From one of the first places to be recorded in historical journals, Bitter Springs evolved into today's Fort Irwin.

    Fort Tejon

    The post was intended to guard the pass through the Tehachapi Mountains, to control the areas tribes, and to protect ...

    Camp Independence

    Never officially designated a fort, it was established to provide protection for the area's miners, who were troubled by ...

    Camp Resting Springs

    This desert outpost was intermittently occupied during 1859-60 by regular troops to protect a precious waterhole on the old Spanish Trail between ...
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John Charles Fremont

The next year, Captain John Charles Frémont left Missouri on his Third Expedition. The goal of this expedition is less clear. The United States was on the verge of war with Mexico over the ...

Edward Fitzgerald Beale

Within the next two years, Beale made six more journeys across the country. On the second of these (July-September 1848), he crossed Mexico in disguise to ...

James Henry Carleton

From 1851 to 1856 he served in New Mexico with the First Dragoons. After duty in the East he was back in 1859 at Fort Tejon, ...

Amiel W. Whipple

In 1853-56 he had charge of the exploration from Fort Smith, Ark., to Los Angeles for a projected ...

William Hoffman

Samuel Addison Bishop

Lewis Addison Armistead

Richard B. Garnett

Francois-X Aubry

Lorenzo Sitgreaves

Winfield Scott Hancock

James Richmond Hardenburgh

Samuel Baldwin Marks Young

William Redwood Price

Manuel Eyre

Alonzo Edward Davis

John Drum

Henry Martyn Robert

Levi H. Robinson

Thomas Byrne

James P. Brownlow

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