Kit Carson

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      24th.December 1809
      Madison County, Kentucky, USA

      Died- 23rd. May 1868
      Fort Lyon, Colorado, USA

      Place of Burial
      Taos, New Mexico, USA

      United States of America Union Army

      Saddle Maker, Miner, Trapper,
      Indian Agent, Cavalry, Farmer

      Mexican-American War
      *Battle of San Pasqual
      Apache Wars
      *Battle of Ojo Caliente Canyon
      American Civil War
      *Battle of Valverde
      Navajo Wars
      Texas-Indian Wars
      *First Battle of Adobe Walls

      Mini- Biography
      Full Biography-Kit Carson-Wikipedia

      Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was born in Madison County, Kentucky,
      on 24th December, 1809.
      The family moved to Howard County, Missouri, when Carson was a child.

      At the age of 14 Carson was apprenticed as a saddle maker in
      Franklin, Missouri.
      The following year he ran away and joined a group of people
      travelling to Sante Fe.
      Eventually he became a teamster for Robert McKnight
      at the Santa Rita copper mine in New Mexico.

      He met Tom Fitzpatrick, the famous mountain man,
      and over the next few years he worked as a trapper in the Rocky Mountains.
      In 1835 Carson saved the life of Mark Head during a fight
      with a group of Blackfeet.
      The following year he joined the Hudson's Bay Company
      and in 1837 worked with James Bridger in the Yellowstone.

      Carson's first wife died after giving birth to a couple of children.
      His second wife was a Native American.
      Later he married Marie Josefa Jaramillo.
      Carson took his eldest daughter to school in Missouri.
      On the journey he met John Fremont, who had just surveyed the Des Moines River.
      The two men got on well and Fremont hired him as a guide at £100 a month.

      In 1843, with Carson and Tom Fitzpatrick as his guides,
      Fremont's party followed the Cache de la Poudre River into the Laramie Mountains.
      He then crossed the Rocky Mountains via the South Pass and Green River.
      He then followed the Bear River until it reached the Great Salt Lake.

      After spending time at Fort Hall he followed the Snake River
      past Fort Boise to Fort Vancouver, where he met John McLoughlin.
      Fremont then turned south where he explored Klamath Lake
      and the Great Basin before making a midwinter crossing of the Sierra Nevada
      mountains and despite great hardships reached Sutter Fort.
      Fremont and Carson eventually reached St. Louis on 6th August, 1844.

      In 1845 Carson joined John Fremont at Bent's Fort for his third expedition.
      While this trip was taking place the Mexican War started.
      Fremont was given the rank of major in the United States Army
      and General Stephen Kearny persuaded Carson to work
      as his guide in his attempts to capture California.

      Carson developed a sympathy for the plight of Native Americans
      and in March, 1854, he became an Indian agent in Taos.
      On the outbreak of the American Civil War Carson joined the Union Army.
      He was given the rank of colonel and commanded the 1st New Mexico Volunteers.

      In 1849 Carson began farming at Raydo, New Mexico.
      He often left the farm to guide military parties.
      Carson also went trapping in the mountains and took sheep to California.

      Carson was appointed superintendent of Indian Affairs for Colorado Territory in 1853.
      He held the post until 1861 when he resigned to become a
      colonel in the New Mexico Volunteer Infantry.
      After taking part in the battle of Valverde, he was promoted to Brigadier General.
      He led an expedition to Adobe Walls and in November 1864
      he fought about 3,000 Kiowas, Comanches, and Arapahoes.

      Kit Carson resigned from the army in November, 1867.
      He settled at Boggsville, Colorado, where he died on 23rd May, 1868.

      Kit Carson's Grave

      The Kit Carson Home and Museum
      in downtown Taos, New Mexico

      Edited And Compiled by ethanedwards.
      Information And Photographs
      from Spartucus Educational and Wikipedia
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Western Legends- Kit Carson

      I never 'really' knew if he ever existed outside my youthful memories of cowboy magazines and books of the 1950's. He certainly did not look like his pictures above in those magazines and books.