|Fort Sedgwick - 1864 to 1871|
Fort Sedgwick was established just west of the original Julesburg. Its purpose
was to guard the transcontinental trade and communications route. The
quickly grew from a couple of sod huts to a full-blown military installation before
fading into oblivion a short seven years later. At its peak, nearly
were stationed here.|
The story of Fort Sedgwick is a saga of fraud and corruption, bravery and daring-do, shotgun weddings and French leave, triumph and tragedy, all at a post where the quarters, if any, were considered unlivable, the food was terrible, pleasures were few and the nearest bath was the South Platte River.