Lewis and Clark County
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This extinct cemetery is located on Federal Property, on the Firing Range at Fort William Henry Harrison. Access to this cemetery is by escort only. The property description is Township 10 North, Range 4 West, Section 16. In 1948 the graves were moved to the Custer National Cemetery, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Crow Agency, Montana.
"Fort Harrison. This post, near Helena, is officially known as Fort William Henry Harrison. Established in May 1892, it was originally named for Pres. Benjamin Harrison, since the establishment of the fort coincides with his term of office. However, there was also a fort by that name in Indiana, so in 1906 the name of the Montana post was changed to Fort William Henry Harrison. The latter Harrison was born in Virginia in 1773, joined the Army in 1791, and made a gallant showing during Gen. Wyne's expedition against the Indians of the Northwest. He served in Congress in 1799 and was made governor of the Northwest Indian Territory the following year. He died one month after taking the office of President of the United States. Fort Harrison's post office opened in 1899 with Martha Hodel as postmaster. It was inactive 1902-24. Fort Harrison was discontinued as an army post but was used for a while by the Montana National Guard. Most of it is now a hospital administered by the Veterans' Administration." Roberta Carkeek Cheney, Names on the Face of Montana, The Story of Montana's Place Names, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, 1983.