The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

11 April 2008

Bodies Exhumed from Ft. Craig Burial Site

An article published by the Associated Press may be interesting to anyone who has ancestors who served at Ft. Craig. This was an important frontier fort near Socorro, New Mexico during the middle and late 19th Century. A Civil War battle, the Battle of Velverde, was fought near Ft. Craig by soldiers from the fort.

Sixty-seven bodies were exhumed from a secluded cemetery. It appears that grave robbers stole dozens of bodies before archaeologists were able to remove the remaining bodies.

Personally, neither of my ancestors who served at the fort were buried there as they are buried elsewhere.

Follow this link to learn more about this excavation.

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