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DRAGOON SPRING

Four graves of Confederate Soldiers interred at this historic location.

 

Information was provided courtesy of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phoenix, Arizona. To which they have graciously authorized APCRP to reproduce this information.

 

Four Graves at Dragoon Springs, Photo Courtesy:

Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phoenix, Arizona

 

July 1861, Confederate military forces under the command of Lt. Colonel John Robert Baylor invaded the U.S. Territory of New Mexico. Captain Sherod Hunter and Company A, Baylorís Regiment of Arizona Rangers, were ordered to proceed to Tucson on February 10, 1682. They arrived on February 28, 1862 and held a formal ceremony at which they raised a Confederate First National Flag on the town plaza - March 1, 1882. It is possible in a rush of patriotism following this ceremony that Private Richardo, a Hispanic youth from Tucson joined the company.

 

Photo Courtesy:

Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phoenix, Arizona

 

It is unknown if any of the four men buried at Dragoon Springs took part in the engagements which Captain Sherod Hunterís command fought against the Union California Column during March and April of 1862. Probably they did not, as most of Hunterís command remained in Tucson as a garrison throughout the campaign.

 

On May 5th, 1862, these men were among a foraging party which had been sent from Tucson to gather stray cattle in the vicinity of the abandoned Butterfield Overland Stagecoach Station at Dragoon Springs, located about 16 miles east of present-day Benson, Arizona. As they entered a narrow box canyon wherein the springs are located, the party was ambushed by a large band on Apache Warriors, numbering as many as 100 men and commanded by the great ware chiefs, Francisco and Cochise. Most of the Confederate force managed to escape with their lives, but left behind 25 horses, 30 mules, and four of their comrades . . . the men who have found their eternal rest at Dragoon Springs.

 

It is believed Sergeant Sam Ford, a private know only as Richardo and two other confederate soldiers whose names have been lost to history, (one of these is probably John Donaldson, based on an obituary which appeared in the Tucson newspaper) are interred in the four graves.

 

For a complete history of this ďEngagementĒ please visit:    http://members.tripod.com/~azrebel/page21.html

 

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