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Guide, Trapper, Soldier, Indian Agent, and Frontiersman
better known as "Kit Carson," soldier, born in Madison County, Kentucky,
24 December, 1809; died at Fort Lynn, Col., 23 May, 1868. While he was an infant
his parents emigrated to what is now Howard County, Missouri, but was then a
wilderness. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a saddler, with whom he
continued two years, and then he joined a hunting expedition, thus beginning the
adventurous life that made him one of the most picturesque figures of western
For eight years he was on the plains, leading the life of a
trapper, until he was appointed hunter for the garrison at Bent's Fort, where he
remained eight years more. After a short visit to his family he met, for the
first time, General (then Lieutenant) John C. Fremont, by whom his experience in
the backwoods was at once appreciated, and by whom, also, he was engaged as
guide in his subsequent explorations. In this capacity he was eminently useful,
and to him is probably due much of the success of those explorations. He was
perhaps better known to a larger number of Indian tribes than any other white
man, and from his long life among them learned their habits and customs,
understood their mode of warfare, and spoke their language as his mother tongue.
No one man did more than he in furthering the settlement of the northwestern
In 1847 Carson was sent to Washington as bearer of dispatches,
and was then appointed second lieutenant in the mounted rifles, U. S. army. This
appointment, however, was negated by the senate. In 1853 he drove 6,500 sheep
over the mountains to California, a hazardous undertaking at that time, and, on
his return to Taos, was appointed Indian agent in New Mexico. Under this
appointment he was largely instrumental in bringing about the treaties
between the United States and the Indians.
He was an instinctive judge of character, and, knowing the
Indians so thoroughly, his cool judgment and wisdom in dealing with them, even
under the most trying circumstances, enabled him to render important services to
the U. S. government. During the civil war he repeatedly rendered great service
to the government in New Mexico, Colorado, and the Indian territory, and was
brevetted brigadier-general for his meritorious conduct. At its close, he
resumed his duties as Indian agent. In this relation to the Indians he visited
Washington, in the winter and early spring of 1868, in company with a deputation
of the red men, and made a tour of several of the northern and eastern states.
Unlike most of the trappers and guides, General Carson was a man of remarkable
modesty, and in conversation never boasted of his own achievements. See "Life
of Kit Carson, the Great Western Hunter," by Charles Burdett (Philadelphia,
Edited Appleton's American Biography
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|Christopher Carson, better known as Kit
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|Enshrined in popular mythology even in
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|Henry Chee Dodge was born in 1857 or 1860
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|CHRISTOPHER CARSON, whose renown as Kit
Carson has reached almost every ear in the country was born in Madison
county, Kentucky, on the 24th of December, ...
|At left: Christopher Carson Pepperd, also
known as "Cap" Pepperd and C.C. Pepperd ... He was born in Lusk, Ireland,
in 1839 and in 1850 he migrated with his ...
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|December 24, 1809 in History. Born:
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|Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868)
Christopher, better known as "Kit Carson," soldier, born in Madison
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