Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 44° 24.879 W 103° 29.941
13T E 619499 N 4919024
Quick Description: The Town was named for this military man.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:42:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM3KBG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 13

Long Description:

Marker Erected by: The City of Sturgis and The Sturgis Area Arts Council.
Date Marker Erected: June 2002.
Marker Historican: Bob Lee.
County of Marker: Meade County.
Location of Marker: Blanche St. & Lazelle St., E. city limits, Sturgis.
Sturgis Statue Sculptor: Edward E. Hlavka.

Marker Text:

Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis, for whom the town of Sturgis is named, came from a military family that included officers who had served in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. He graduated from West Point in 1846 and was promoted to the rank of Major General during the Civil War. He commanded the famed Seventh U. S. Cavalry from May 6, 1869, until his retirement in 1886. One of his sons was killed in the historic Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

Another son, Samuel D. Sturgis II, was a general in World War I and a grandson, Samuel D. Sturgis III, became a general during World War II. Colonel Sturgis was one of the earliest post commanders at nearby Fort Meade when it was established in 1878 with his Seventh Cavalry as the principal garrison. He was a member of the Townsite Company that founded the town named for him. He was also a vigorous booster of the Black Hills and an active participant in the early development of the region. His retirement at Fort Meade on June 11, 1886, at age sixty-five, marked the end of forty years of outstanding service to his country. He died at St. Paul, MN, on September 29, 1889, and was buried with honors at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Marker Name: Heritage

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
See Above.

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