1868: MILITARY POST NAMED CAMP VERDE; November 23.

Captain Hiram Storrs Washburn traveled from Camp Lincoln to Fort Whipple to be sure the Arizona Volunteers were paid. When the term of service for 55 men of Company E expired, they refused to continue their military duties. Camp Lincoln soldiers were sick, or complained of being sick. Outside the dispensary of Dr. Palmer, as many as 60 men would line up daily to receive treatment for various types of fevers and other ailments. By August 24 the 84 men of Company E and 29 men of Company A were paid off and mustered out of the service.

Captain Washburn returned to Camp Lincoln where 4 privates and 1 sergeant of Company A and 3 privates and 1 corporal of Company E were still on duty because their enlistments had not expired; all but 1 of these men were sick. Dr. Palmer was also there along with the guide. All but 2 of the people at The Settlement were also sick.

After Lieutenant Manuel Gallegos returned, Captain Washburn and the enlisted men, with the help of the settlers, took all movable equipment from Camp Lincoln to a more secure location near The Settlement.

Regular U. S. Army troops were assigned for the first time to Camp Lincoln. Captain George M. Downey with Company C, 14th Infantry, 1st Battalion, arrived there on September 29, 1866.

"Our young friend, George D. Bowers," [who died from wounds on October 30, 1868,] "sutler at Camp Lincoln, Rio Verde, is enjoying himself in Prescott. George is an excellent young man, and we hope he will succeed in business. He informs us that "C" company's quarters were nearly finished when he left the post. Thad. Adams is guide at Lincoln, in place of Ed. Peck, who is chief guide at Fort Whipple." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; October 10, 1868; page 3.)

To eliminate confusion with other places named Camp Lincoln, General Order No. 29 changed the name to Camp Verde on November 23, 1868. "Hereafter, by order of Gen. Halleck, Camp Lincoln, in this county and Territory, will be known as Camp Verde." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; December 12, 1868; page 2, column 2.)

"Wales Arnold, sutler at Camp Verde, left Prescott a short time ago with a stock of goods for his store. He intends planting a large field of corn next spring." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 23, 1869; page 2, column 4.)

"The number of companies in Arizona is 36 --- as follows: ... At Camp Verde, Co. C, 14th Infantry, Bvt-Lieut-Col. S. McConihe, 14th Infantry." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; March 13, 1869; page 1, column 2.)

"Consolidation and Distribution of Troops --- From General Order No. 12, published in San Francisco. As fast as the companies of the 31st Infantry arrive at the Presidio they will be distributed to the District of Arizona as follows: ... Company C, to proceed to Camp Verde to be consolidated with Companies C, 14th Infantry, and C, 32nd Infantry. ... Officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians of company C, 32nd Infantry, to Camp Verde. ... By order of Major-General Halleck." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 8, 1869; page 3, column 2.)

At old Camp Lincoln after it became Camp Verde, enlisted men were quartered in 2 adobe dormatories measuring 26 x 40, and a rough adobe building partitioned for an office. The open fireplace and 2 rows of double-decker bunk beds 4 feet wide to accommodate 4 men, were the only furnishings. Rations were eaten in the quarters because there was no mess hall. Officer's quarters were described as miserable hovels. The quarters of the commanding officer measured 12 x 13 feet and was built of rough boards with gaping seams. The 3-bed log hospital was replaced by a ward of hospital tents.

Little remains on the site of Camp Lincoln, which became the first Camp Verde. Outlines of the adobe buildings and stone walls where structures once stood can still be seen in the area. (See: "Arizona State Parks; Map 135 - Camp Lincoln.)

See: "Fort Verde: An Era of Men and Courage;" by Nicholas J. Eason; 1966; Camp Verde Historical Society.

See: "Poor Food, Poor Equipment, Poor Housing, Impossible Task: The Arizona Volunteers in the Verde Valley, 1866;" by Stan Brown. ("Camp Lincoln and the Arizona Volunteers" on the internet.)

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