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Camp Porter
near Glendive, Dawson County, Montana
Type Winter Camp
Coordinates Latitude:
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Built 1880
Built by United States Army
Construction
materials
Wood
In use 1880-1881
Controlled by United States
Garrison

11th U.S. Infantry Company A

17th U.S. Infantry, Company B
Commanders Captain Ira Quimby, 11th Infnatry
Battles/wars American Indian Wars

Camp Porter, Montana Territory, was established as a single-year camp in the Department of Dakota by the U.S. Army, to provided protection to Northern Pacific Railway construction crews during the Indian Wars.[1]

Established[edit | edit source]

Camp Porter was established on the right bank of the Yellowstone River (approximately 3 miles above the mouth of Glendive Creek) by Company A, Eleventh Infantry, from Fort Sully, and Company B, Seventeenth Infantry, from Fort Yates, on 18 October 1880, as a winter camp for troops guarding working parties and materials on the Northern Pacific Railroad (N.P.R.R.).[2]

History[edit | edit source]

June 1, 1880, Company B, Seventeenth Infantry, left Fort Yates and formed part of a command, under Major Lewis Merrill, guarding construction parties along the N. P. R. R. between the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. It remained on this duty until October 21, when it proceeded to the Yellowstone River and established, with one company 11th Infantry, Camp Porter near the mouth of Glendive Creek. Doors, sashes and nails were furnished, the other building material was obtained by the troops, and they made themselves as comfortable as possible during the winter of 1880-81, without stoves, flooring or plastering.[3]

July 12, 1881, Major Merrill, Seventh Cavalry, assigned to command of "escort to working parties on extension Northern Pacific Railroad, between Little Missouri and Tongue Rivers." Command consists of Troops E, Second Cavalry, and E, F, G, Seventh Cavalry, and Companies I, Fifth Infantry; D, Seventh Infantry; A, Eleventh Infantry; B, Seventeenth Infantry; and A, Twenty-fifth Infantry. Headquarters at Camp Porter, Mont. Troops from Fort Keogh changed monthly.[2]

October 17, 1881, Company A, Eleventh Infantry, left Camp Porter, Mont., en route to Fort Sully, arriving there October 25, 1881.[4]

Abandoned[edit | edit source]

November 29, 1881, Camp Porter, Mont., was broken up as a military post, the object for which it was established having been accomplished, and the company stationed there (B, Seventeenth Infantry) left for Fort Abraham Lincoln, arriving there the same day.[4]

December 7, 1881, Major Lewis Merrill, Seventh Cavalry (with a detachment of Company B, Seventeenth Infantry, under Lieutenant Brennan, for Fort Lincoln), left Glendive and Camp Porter, Mont., en route to his station, the work of the escort to working parties on the extension of the N. P. E. E., between Little Missouri and Tongue Rivers, having terminated and the command having been broken up. Camp Porter was finally abandoned this date, the buildings, &c., having been sold on the 6th of December.[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Hart, Herbert M., Tour guide to old western forts, 1980.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Annual report of the Secretary of War, Volume 1, United States War Dept, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1881.
  3. Rodenbough, Theophilus F. and William L. Haskin, eds. The Army of the United States: Historical Sketches of Staff and Line. New York: Charles E. Merrill and Company, 1896. Chubb, Captain C. St. J., The Seventeenth Regiment of Infantry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Annual report of the Secretary of War, Volume 1, United States War Dept, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1882.

Coordinates: 47°09′03″N 104°41′33″W / 47.15083°N 104.6925°W / 47.15083; -104.6925

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