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Lieut Frederick Henry Beecher

Lieut Frederick Henry Beecher

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 17 Sep 1868 (aged 27)
Beecher Island, Yuma County, Colorado, USA
Burial Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 16067604 · View Source
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Lt. Beecher was with Colonel Forsyth and the Forsyth Scouts when they were attacked by Indians under Roman Nose at daybreak on September 17, 1868 in Colorado Territory, nesr the present town of Wray. He was killed early in the battle.

He was buried at the Beecher Island battleground and his body was never recovered, the Stone in Harmony Cemetery is a memorial stone.

Stone says:

Eldest son of Charles & Sarah L. Beecher
Aged 27 years
Lt. Beecher was born in New Orleans, La. June 22nd 1841, graduated at Bowdoin and enlisted in 16th Me. Vols. in 1862, was wounded at Fredericksburg and at Gettysburg. Was ordered in 1866 to Ft. Wallace Kansas where as AAQM he built the Post was killed in the battle of Arickaree Fork Col. Ter. Sep 17 1868 and buried on the field.

Note: AAQM is Acting Assistant Quarter Master.

Connecticut Courant
Hartford, Connecticut
January 30, 1869
Page 1

Lieutenant Frederick H. Beecher, son of the Rev. Charles Beecher of Georgetown, Mass., was killed in the Indian war in September, 1868, and was buried with another officer on the field. It was the intention to remove his body to Georgetown for burial, and messengers were dispatched for that purpose, and their return was looked for the past week, when funeral services were to be held (conducted by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher) at Georgetown. The messengers have returned, and brought the sad tidings that the grave had been robbed by Indians, and that no trace could be had of the body of young Beecher. The grave adjoining had also been desecrated, and it's inmate conveyed away. No information could be learned of the perpetrators of the outrage, and the afflicted friends are thus denied giving a Christian burial to their kindred dust.
(Boston Traveler)

The New York Times
Wednesday, September 27, 1868
Page 5

Lieut. Frederick H. Beecher

Gen. Sheridan's dispatch to Gen. Sherman announces the death of Lieut. Beecher, of the Ninth United States Cavalry, in the fight between Col. Forsyth's troops and the Indians on the Upper Republican River, in Kansas. Of this brave young officer a correspondent of the Washington Chronicle, who was a member of the same volunteer company as he early in the war, says:
Lieut. Frederick H. Beecher was twenty eight years of age, son of Rev. Charles Beecher, of Georgetown, Mass., and nephew of Henry Ward Beecher. He graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1861, and immediately entered the service of his country as a sergeant in Company B, Sixteenth Maine Volunteers. Subsequently he was promoted to Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant respectively. He was twice severely wounded at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, and at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. The last time wounded he was even then suffering from the old wound, but could not be persuaded to remain away from his command. The severe nature of his wounds necessitated his transfer to the Veteran Reserve Corps, in which he served as Lieutenant until commissioned in the regular army by President Lincoln in 1865. He has served with great distinction since his appointment in the Ninth Cavalry. He had just been ordered to duty in the signal office, but was killed ere he could obey the order.

He was a young man of excellent habits and inspired with the purest patriotism; was possessed of a kind, generous, and affectionate nature, and was beloved greatly by the officers of his old command, as he was, no doubt, by those associated with him in his new sphere of duty.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 16067604
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Frederick Henry Beecher (22 Jun 1841–17 Sep 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16067604, citing Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Old History Buff (contributor 46810464) .