Jesse Leavenworth, West Point graduate and son of the famed Col. Henry Leavenworth

JESSE LEAVENWORTH

     Jesse Leavenworth, West Point graduate and son of the famed Col. Henry Leavenworth, was commissioned colonel of the 2nd Colorado infantry in 1862. During this appointment, he served as commanding officer of Fort Larned in 1863. In the following year, he was appointed Indian Agent to the Comanches and Kiowas; and in 1867, he moved the agency headquarters to Fort Zarah. However, he was away from the agency much of the time negotiating the release of whites held captive by his charges. He resigned as Indian Agent in 1868 in protest of the 1868-1869 Sheridan-Custer campaign which culminated in the destruction of Black Kettle's Cheyene village on the Washita River.




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