|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1837|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1868|
George Culver was living in Ottawa County, Kansas in August of 1868 when he was recruited to be a scout for Col. George Forsyth, following the first Spillman-Bacon Creek indian raid.
At daybreak on September 17, 1868 Forsyth's band of 50 civilian scouts was attacked by about 1,000 of Roman Nose's dog soldier warriors in northeastern Colorado Territory.
They took cover on a small sandy island in the middle of the Arickaree fork of the Republican river about 17 miles south of present day Wray, Colorado. The next three days were spent fighting and by the time the fighting ended, the scouts were out of rations and living on horse and mule meat.
About half of the scouts were wounded at the outbreak of the fighting. Culver was one of five scouts killed or mortally wounded.
Culver was buried at the battleground, later moved to Fort Wallace Cemetery and eventually to Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. He is buried next to Louis Farley who was wounded the first day of the battle but died following amputation of his leg.
Culver's stone incorrectly reads C. W. rather than G. W. and he died September 17, rather than September 7.
George Washington Culver was the youngest of nine children of Ansel Culver and Rachel Calkins. George was born in Cayuga County, New York.
Before Beecher Island, during the Civil war he served as 2nd Lt , Co E, Second Colorado Cavalry. Following the Civil War, he worked for a time as a watchmaker in Junction City, Kansas, and shortly before his death was elected to public office in Ottawa County, Kansas. The town and township of Culver were named in honor of him.
The Junction City Weekly
Junction City, Kansas
October 3, 1868
George W. Culver, who was a few years ago a watchmaker in this place, was killed in Forsyth's fight with the Indians. He was serving as a scout. Culver served through the war as a sergeant and Lieutenant in the Second Colorado, and about two years ago left this place and took a claim on the Saline river.
Ansel Culver (1796 - 1870)
Rachel Calkins Culver (1796 - 1849)
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Plot: Grave C1935
Created by: Old History Buff
Record added: Aug 24, 2006
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