Ft. Arbuckle Cemetery
|Major Joel Elliott was buried
at Ft. Arbuckle when he was killed at the Battle of the Washita with
Custer's 7th Cavalry. Only death dates are available. It was later
determined, by an army grave relocation team in 1872, that 54 additional graves existed at Ft. Arbuckle
and 26 soldiers were buried on Guy Sandy Creek who died of cholera.
These additional graves were never located. The area was allowed to
burn off and that destroyed the wooden grave markers and the location of
the graves. When Ft. Arbuckle was decommissioned in 1870, the names
listed below were moved to Ft. Gibson, OK and re-interred at the National
Cemetery. Fifty four others were not moved.
Blue background names were removed to Ft. Gibson in 1872.
Yellow background names still buried at Ft. Arbuckle somewhere.
Mrs. Blinn and her son Willie were captives of the Kiowa when Custer attacked the Cheyenne village of Black Kettle. Several weeks later the Army returned to try and locate the bodies of Major Elliott and his troop. They did and went on to the Kiowa camp 2 miles down stream. The Village was abandoned and the bodies of Mrs. Blinn and her child were discovered. Their bodies were taken to Ft. Arbuckle for burial along with Maj. Elliott.
Contributed by Dennis Muncrief; April 15, 2002
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