Fort Lyon/Fort Wise

An early sketch shows Fort Lyon with Bent's New Fort on the hill in the background.

Along the Arkansas River east of Pueblo, was Fort Wise. Fort Wise was originally a trading post. Fort Wise was named after the Governor of Virginia (Henry Wise) in hopes that he would stay with the Union. When Virginia joined the South, they renamed it Fort Lyon, after the first Union General killed in the war.

Indians usually made peace in the Fall, camping near forts where government rations, guns, and ammunition where available. But, the treaties were usually broken with the coming of Spring.

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