By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
Capper Printing Company, Inc.

IWDuring June, 1870, Company B left Fort Bridger and established Camp Stambaugh, named after Lieutenant Stambaugh, who was killed near there May 4. The post was built in a section constantly overrun by hostile Indians. The company remained here for the next three years, giving protection to the settlers through constant lookout for the savages, who were frequently met and driven away.

In April Company E left Omaha Barracks and went on outpost duty at Ogallala Station, Nebraska, on the Union Pacific Railroad. Leaving camp at midnight June 14, the company came upon a hastily abandoned Indian camp of a party of about 150, captured the contents, and pursued the Indians for thirty miles. On the North Platte River, on June 18, they had a lively skirmish in which one Indian was wounded.

2 Replies to “CAMP STAMBAUGH”

  1. Mr Gettman – First, I would not have posted directly to your site, but without the benefit of a contact email, I had no choice. Interesting site, with good information. I would make two suggestions. First, and likely most important (especially for those doing research) bibliographic links where interested parties could search for further information on a given topic would be most appreciated. Second, I read that you adhere closely to the voice and intent of the historical individuals that you quote, this is a very appropriate attitude and one that is essential for capturing the mindset of the people you are writing about. It is broadly accepted though, that when not directly quoting those individuals that we avoid using language that might not be appropriate for modern viewing audiences. Major Brisbin and the popular media in 1870 referred to Native Americans as “savages,” but today a more accurate term might be “partisans,” or just plain Native Americans. As the site reads now, it sounds more like you are referring to the Native Americans as savages, and it clutters your otherwise very clean style.

    Giving your reading audience those bib references and using more direct quotation “…Mjr Brisbin, in a dispatch from Ft Stambaugh to Company HQ in Omaha wrote, ‘…came across an abandoned camp of approximately 150 and gave chase. Encountered the savages at the east bank of the North Platte…’ will take an already good site to the next level.

    James MacNaughton – Wyoming Archaeologist


  2. Mr. MacNaughton,
    Your comments and critiques are greatly appreciated and well founded, however, as the statement reads on the opening page of this site:

    “This is a Cavalry site. Many of the stories here are told in the words of the men who experienced them. No attempt has been made to ‘smooth the edges’ or ‘soften the story’ for the viewing public.”

    Other than correcting typographical errors or obviously incorrect information and a footnote or two, these stories are letter for letter as they were originally printed. It is essential to preserve the attitude and mindset of the time in which the story is taking place.

    I can be reached by e-mail any time by clicking on the ‘editor’ link on the opening page of the website. Please feel free to use it, even if just to chat.

    Dave Gettman
    C Trp, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment


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