Beckwourth, James Pierson b. April 6, 1798 d. October 29, 1866 One of America's first African-American frontiersmen. Beckwourth was a rugged individualist and a trailblazer who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. He was born a slave in Fredricksburg County, Virginia the third of thirteen children to a mulatto mother and white father. Beckwourth's father was a officer in the Revolutionary War, and his mother was a slave in the service of his father's household. Beckwourth's family later moved to St. Louis...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Crow Indian Settlement, Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA Plot: Buried on an elevated platform customary of the Crow indians.
Downey, Stephen Wheeler b. July 25, 1839 d. August 3, 1902 Civil War Union Army Officer, US Congressman. He enlisted in the Union Army after the outbreak of the Civil War, and was mustered in as a Private in Company C, 3rd Potomac Home Brigade, Maryland Volunteer Infantry on September 12, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on January 1, 1862, it began his rise in the ranks that culminated in his being commissioned Colonel and commander of the regiment on September 8, 1862. He was captured with his unit at Harper's Ferry, Virginia when it capitulated to...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Greenhill Cemetery, Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA