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Confederate Dead at Ft. Riley, Kansas
The Confederate soldier's buried at Ft. Riley were captured in March of 1862 at the Battle of Pigeon's Ranch northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. They were part of Henry Sibley's Army of New Mexico's Texas Mounted Rifle units. There is a large plaque dedicated near where they lay that tells their story. The men were taken to Fort Riley in the Spring of 1862 where they performed construction and light duties for the Yankees. Evidently these men and boys died their of wounds or disease. The bulk of the POWs eventually were transferred to Fort Leavenworth.
Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
One grave near the top of the hill's sextant records says "Confederate soldier-child." Maybe a drummer boy or musician? None have names recorded in the records. We thought that the word "ARD" on one headstone may be a last name since it is  found in the South to this day.
Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Mrs. Armistead's (Lewis A. Armistead's wife) grave lies near the wall of the cemetery and has a new government issued headstone and bronze plaque. Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1847 were instrumental in placing the two bronze plaques and procuring the new stone for Mrs. Armistead that corrected several mistakes on the old one.
Confederate graves at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Headstone marking grave of Mrs. Armistead. Bronze plaque for Mrs. Armistead. Kansas Division Commander Charles Walthall, and sons, Jordan and Jackson, place flowers at the grave of Mrs.Armistead.
 
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