Fort Douglas and the Soldiers of the Wasatch: A Final Salute

In July, 1967, orders from Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to deactivate Fort Douglas were carried out and an important as well as colorful period of Utah’s history came to a close. It had been 105 years earlier, with the Civil War fifteen months old, that Colonel Patrick Edward Connor, a veteran of Buena Vista during the Mexican War, assembled troops of the Second and Third California Volunteers near Stockton, California, and prepared them for a long march across the Nevada desert. The Utah Column finally lumbered forward on July 12, 1862, the day after Henry W. Halleck assumed command as general-in-chief of the United States Army.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 08:4
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