Site C-6 - Interpretive Marker
BRANCH: The Wet Route
DESIGNATION: Love's Defeat
LOCATION: From the Site C-5 marker, continue southwest on U.S. 56 1.6 miles to the marker on the left.
GPS AT MARKER: N38 00.449 -- W99 19.122
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: The Arkansas River where the battle ensued.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: None
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Love's Defeat
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Pawnee County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: On July 26, 1847, Lt. John Love's force, a paymaster, and two freight caravans were attacked by Comanches, Mexicans, and a few white men. The oxen were driven off and Love's Dragoons suffered five dead. Consequently, the event and site became known as Love's Defeat.
DISTANCE: From Pawnee Fork Crossing (Site C-2), 16.57 miles,
Excerpted from Bvt. Major Henry L. Kendrick's
table of distances on the SFT from Fort Leavenworth
Miles To 28.15 Ash Creek 7.10 Pawnee Fork 16.57 On the Arkansas ("Guide called this 'Love's Defeat'") 16.91 On the Arkansas 18.65 On the Arkansas 22.30 "Near Fort Mann" Barry, 815 -- Hereafter cited as Kendrick
COMMENTS: Love's campsite would have been east of the marker closer to the Arkansas River. The marker has been moved to nearer to US 56 and is visiable at this time, the railroad grade that once blocked the view of this marker has been taken out.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: NE 1/4, Section 32, T-23-S, R-18-W, Pawnee County, Kansas.
Township 23 South of Range 18 West, Pawnee County, Kansas
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