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District of Arizona was a subordinate district of the Department of New Mexico territory created on August 30, 1862 and transferred to the Department of the Pacific in March 1865.[1]

District of Arizona (Dept. of New Mexico) commanders[]

Headquarters at Franklin, Texas, then Mesilla Post until 1864.

  • James H. Carleton August 30, 1862 - September 5, 1862
  • Joseph R. West September 5, 1862 - January 29, 1864
  • George W. Bowie January 29, 1864 - November, 1864
  • Joseph R. Smith November, 1864 - December 8, 1864

District of Arizona (Dept. of the Pacific) commanders[]

Headquarters Prescott, Arizona

On July 27, 1865 the Military Division of the Pacific was created under Major General Henry W. Halleck, replacing the Department of the Pacific, consisting of the Department of the Columbia and the expanded Department of California, that absorbed the District of Southern California and that consisted of the States of California and Nevada and the District of New Mexico in the Territory of New Mexico and District of Arizona in the Territory of Arizona.[3]

Arizona remained a district until it became the Department of Arizona under the Military Division of the Pacific on April 15, 1870. Colonel George Stoneman transitioned from district to department commander, serving until June 4, 1871. The new department consisted of Arizona Territory and California south of a line from the northwest corner of Arizona to Point Conception so as to include most of Southern California.[4]


District of Arizona (Military Division of the Pacific) commanders[]

  • Major John S. Mason, March 7, 1865 - April 30, 1866
  • Lt. Col. Henry D. Wallen, June 10 to Aug. 11, 1866
  • Colonel Charles S. Lovell, August 11, 1866 - October 12, 1867
  • Colonel Thomas L. Crittenden, October 12, 1867 - August 29, 1868
  • Colonel Thomas C. Devin, August 29, 1868 - August 16, 1869
  • Colonel George Stoneman, August 16, 1869 - May 3, 1870

Posts[]

  • Fort Buchanan, 1856–1861, 1862
  • Fort Breckenridge 1857-1861, Fort Stanford 1862, Camp Wright 1865, Camp Grant 1865-1873
  • Fort Mojave 1858-1861, 1863–1890
  • Fort Tucson 1860-1862
    • Tucson Armory 1862-1864
  • Fort Barrett, 1862
  • Fort Bowie, 1862–1894
  • Mission Camp, near Nogales, 1862
  • Fort Tubac, 1862–1865, 1866–1868
  • Camp at Bear Spring, 1863–1864
  • Fort Canby 1863–1864
  • Camp Clark, 1863–1864
  • Camp Pomeroy, 1863
  • Fort Verde 1864 - 1866
  • Yuma Depot 1864 - 1891
  • Fort Cerro 1863 - ?
  • Camp Alexander, 1867, near McConnico, between Fort Mohave and a stage station at Beale's Springs.
  • Camp Willow Grove, 1867 - 1869, south of Valentine
  • Camp on the Colorado River, Camp Colorado 1868 - 1871, near Parker
  • Camp Devin, renamed Camp Toll Gate until 1870, Camp Hualpai, 1869 - 1873, near Paulden

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