Thursday, May 14, 2009

Remains of 61 US Cavalry soldiers to be reburied

Remains of 61 US Cavalry soldiers to be reburied

Remains of 61 US Cavalry soldiers to be reburied

Associated Press - May 14, 2009 10:44 AM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The remains of 61 U.S. Cavalry soldiers and some of their dependents exhumed from the downtown Tucson site of a future courts complex will be re-interred Saturday at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.

The remains will be escorted from All Faiths Cemeteries by scores of motorcyclists from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot Riders. They will be reburied with full military honors at the new historical cemetery near Fort Huachuca.

The remains were among more than 1,800 exhumed and stored as part of an archaeological dig at the site of the future County-City Joint Courts Complex.

The site was territorial Tucson's first cemetery. The soldiers were stationed at Fort Lowell from the 1860s to 1880s.

Information from: Tucson Citizen,


Many of these calvarymen were in the same Civil War Regiment my grandfather rode in, the California 4th which was from the San Francisco area, and entered the Army on the Union side and were sent to Arizona to stop the Southern troops from coming to california and Arizona and New Mexico to obtain gold and silver for use by the Confederacy.

My grandfather Joshua Eaton Bailey was discharged in Jan 1865 and returned to Yuma to work for the Army Supply Deport as a civilian employee after the war, he then started running trading establishments along the Colorado River north of Yuma, until 1874 when he took a wagon train of Mormons to an area now known as Graham County and started the town of Safford in 1874 and Baileys Wells in 1882

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