LeRoy's post

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LeRoy's post
LeRoy, Kansas
Type military post
Site information
Controlled by Kansas state troops
Site history
Built September 12, 1861
In use September 12, 1861 to ca. May 1864
Materials wood
Garrison information
Garrison same

LeRoy's post was established September 12, 1861, by U.S. Senator James H. Lane, when Fort Scott was threatened by advancing Confederate troops. LeRoy is a town in eastern Kansas. The post was one of many Union posts established in eastern Kansas to guard against Confederate guerrilla attack. In spring 1862 a number of Indian refugees who had first camped at Fort Row were moved further north to Fort Belmont and the post at LeRoy.[1]

In May 1862 two Indian regiments were organized at LeRoy from amongst the refugees. They were sent into Indian Territory to fight Confderates, who had occupied the lands from where they had fled. Until at least May 1864 Union troops were stationed at LeRoy. Since nothing was mentioned of the post after that time, it probably was closed in May 1864 or soon after.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Holman, "Wiiliam G. Coffin, Lincoln's Superintendent of Inidan Affairs for the Southern Superintendency," Kansas Historical Quarterly, Winter 1973, Vol. XXXIX, No. 4, p. 498.
  2. ^ Col. William Weer, report, The War of the Rebellion (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885), Series I, Vol. XIII, pp. 418-9; Della B. Meyer, "History of LeRoy, Kansas," Coffey County Footprints, December 1984, p. 106; J. E. Ruly and fifty-five other Emporia, Kansas, residents, letter, The War of the Rebellion (1891), Series I, Vol. XXXIV, Part IV, p. 55.