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Sunday, January 9, 2011
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Sunday, January 9, 2011 is Fort Sill National Cemetery in Comanche County, Oklahoma.
"Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Okla., was dedicated on Nov. 2, 2001. The Fort Sill National Cemetery was the second national cemetery to be constructed in Oklahoma and became the 120th national cemetery to be administered by the National Cemetery Administration. Fort Sill National Cemetery lies in southwestern Oklahoma, approximately 75 miles from Oklahoma City and five miles north of Lawton. Land for the national cemetery was transferred from the Department of the Army’s Ft. Sill Military Reservation in 1998.
"The cemetery is situated on land that was once Indian Territory. A military reservation was staked out in January 1869 by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and was formally established as Camp Wichita the following month. Sheridan later renamed the garrison as Fort Sill in honor of fellow West Point classmate, Brigadier General Joshua W. Sill, who died in the Battle of Stones’ River during the Civil War. Fort Sill's mission was one of law enforcement for the expanding American frontier. The arrival of the Quohada Comanches to Fort Sill in June 1875 marked the end of Indian warfare of the south Plains.
"In the 1890s, Apache Chief Geronimo and 341 other Apache prisoners of war were brought to Fort Sill by the government. Geronimo was granted permission to travel briefly with Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show and also visited with President Theodore Roosevelt. Geronimo died of pneumonia at Fort Sill on Feb. 17, 1909, at the age of 83 and is buried in the post cemetery at Fort Sill. Lt. Hugh L. Scott instructed the remaining Apache prisoners of war on how to build houses, raise crops and herd cattle. Many spent the remainder of their lives at Fort Sill.
"The last Native American lands in Oklahoma opened for settlement in 1901 and 29,000 homesteaders registered at Fort Sill for the land lottery during July. On August 6 of that year, the town of Lawton sprang up and quickly grew to become the third-largest city in Oklahoma. As of 2005, Lawton currently is the fourth largest city in Oklahoma, having fallen behind Norman in the last census. With the disappearance of the frontier, the mission of Fort Sill gradually changed from cavalry to field artillery. The first artillery battery arrived at Fort Sill in 1902 and the last cavalry regiment departed in May 1907.
"The School of Fire for the Field Artillery was founded at Fort Sill in 1911 and continues to operate today as the world-renowned U.S. Army Field Artillery School. In 2007, the Fort Bliss Air Defense was added to Fort Sill, they both operate under one umbrella called the Fires Center of Excellence. At various times, Fort Sill has also served as home to the Infantry School of Musketry, the School for Aerial Observers, the Air Service Flying School and the Army Aviation School. Today the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill remains the only active Army installation to continuously serve the Southern Plains since the Indian Wars."
Source: Cemeteries - Fort Sill National Cemetery - Burial and Memorial Benefits
The Histopolis Grave Index for Fort Sill National Cemetery contains 2,698 entries with 1,706 unique surnames.
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|1||Hampton VA National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia|
|2||Sarasota VA National Cemetery, Sarasota County, Florida|
|3||New Bern National Cemetery, Township 8, Craven County, North Carolina|
|4||Georgia National Cemetery, Cherokee County, Georgia|
|5||Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York|
|6||Richmond National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia|
|7||Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Springfield Township, Greene County, Missouri|
|8||Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly Township, Oakland County, Michigan|
|9||Fort Sill National Cemetery, Comanche County, Oklahoma|
|10||Seven Pines National Cemetery, Henrico County, Virginia|
|11||National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania|
|12||National Cemetery, Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota|
|13||Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa|
|14||Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee|
|15||Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Anchorage, Anchorage Municipality, Alaska|
|16||Bakersfield National Cemetery, Kern County, California|
|17||Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Saratoga County, New York|
|18||Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Upper Township, Sebastian County, Arkansas|
|19||Soldiers' Lot, Mound Cemetery, Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin|
|20||San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California|
|21||Nashville National Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee|
|22||Government Lots, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia|
|23||Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland|
|24||Fort Lyon National Cemetery, Bent County, Colorado|
|25||Nachez National Cemetery, Supervisor District 4, Adams County, Mississippi|
|26||Massachusetts National Cemetery, Barnstable County, Massachusetts|
|27||Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington-Fayette, Fayette County, Kentucky|
|28||Camp Butler National Cemetery, Clear Lake Township, Sangamon County, Illinois|
|29||Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois|
|30||National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee|
|31||Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010