Civil War Union Brevet Major General. At outbreak of the Civil War, he commanded the Stockton Blues of the California Militia and was appointed Colonel. In the fall of 1861, his regiment was ordered to Utah Territory to protect the Overland Stage and Pacific Telegraph against the Confederacy. In 1862, he established Fort Douglas Utah, secured the impending Confederate threats and incursive Indians. In March 1863, he was promoted Brigadier General in command of Utah Military and led the Powder River expedition to quell the Sioux and Comanche. By late 1865, he commanded regiments of Union and ex-Confederate soldiers from Colorado to the Dakotas, which fought against hostile Indians on the Western range. Upon being mustered out of the service in 1866, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers. He settled in Utah where he established the first daily newspaper, the first silver mine and founded the town of Stockton.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Brigadier General and Brevet Major General U.S. Volunteers
Born March 17 1820 Died December 17, 1891
Camped in this vicinity with his California volunteers October 25, 1862 Established Camp Douglas, Utah October 26, 1862 Participated in the Battle of Buena Vista, Bear River and Tongue River
The Father of Utah Mining
Erected 1939 by the Garrison of Fort Douglas, Utah, Assisted by the Utah Historical Landmark Association and Patriotic Citizens of the West.