Post South Loup Fork "Fort Banishment"
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 41° 00.640 W 098° 53.740
14T E 508773 N 4539946
The marker is near the Loup River site of a remote 1865-1871 Army Outpost.
Waymark Code: WM4MCK
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 09/06/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 19

On the South Loup River southwest of here was the site of the U.S. Army's Post South Loup Fork. This small outpost of Fort Kearney was established in May 1865 by Company "E", Seventh Iowa Cavalry, under the command of Capt. Jams B. David and consisted of a log barracks and stable enclosed by a sod wall. The post monitored the movements of Indians in the Loup River valleys. Sometimes it was called Post Connor in honor of Gen. Patrick Connor. In July 1865 the Iowa Cavalry was replaced by Company "E" of the First Nebraska Cavalry and in August the post was abandoned. In 1871 pioneer settlers from Gibbon used the log buildings for firewood.

According to legend the post became known as Fort Desolation because it was about thirty miles from any settlement. It has also been termed Fort Banishment, because soldiers were sent there as punishment for stealing commissary whisky. Military records do not confirm this.

Nebraska State Historical Society
Ravenna Genealogical and Historical Society
One mile SE of Ravenna on Hwy. 2
Buffalo County
Marker 361
Marker Name: Post South Loup Fork "Fort Banishment"

Roadside: yes

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