Fort Seward, California
|— Unincorporated community —|
|Elevation||328 ft (100 m)|
Fort Seward is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California. It is located on the Eel River 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-northwest of Alderpoint, at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m).
A military camp called Fort Seward was established during the Bald Hills War on September 25, 1861, by Major Charles S. Lovell following a series of skirmishes with the Indians along the Eel River. It was built on the location recommended by Lieutenant Joseph B. Collins, U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment:
- "The best position for a post is, in my opinion, on Eel River, near the head of Larrabee Creek, about sixty-five miles southeast from Fort Humboldt. It should be built immediately, and garrisoned by at least one full company, with a sufficient number of mules and riding saddles to mount a party large enough (say thirty) to follow rapidly and chastise all Indians that may commit depredations within fifty miles of it. This I believe will soon put a stop to all depredations and give ample security to the inhabitants and their property. Without a post but little can be accomplished and proper protection is almost impossible. The roads will be good for pack animals during the dry season, and the facilities for building good; that is, for small dry houses."
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Seward, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 62. ISBN 9781884995149.
- The California State Military Museum, Historic California Posts:Fort Seward (Camp on the Eel River)
- Correspondence Relating to the Fourth U.S. Infantry, Operations on the Pacific, 1861
- Lynette Mullen, "A deadly “cold”, January 23, 1863, Humboldt Times quoted in Lynette's NorCal History Blog, February 5, 2010, accessed July 8, 2011
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