- Black Hills National Cemetery
Black Hills National Cemetery is a
United States National Cemeterylocated south of the city of Sturgis in Meade County, South Dakota. It encompasses 105.9 acres, and as of the end of 2005, had 19,147 interments.
The area around the Black Hills Cemetery was originally inhabited by the Lakota Indians. French explorers went through the region in the 1740s, and
Spainlaid claim to the area in 1762 until it was acquired by the United Statesin the Louisiana Purchaseof 1803. Fort Randall was established in 1856, and the 1861 establishment of Dakota Territorybrought more settlers to the region, but it wasn't until goldwas discovered in the Black Hillsthat the area was truly populated. Under the Treaty of Fort Laramie, the United States granted the land of the Black Hills to the Lakota, but there was no stopping the settlers from entering the region, which led to several conflicts. Most of the original interments in the cemetery were soldiers who fell in battles of the Indian Wars, but it has since been used to inter veterans from every major campaign the United Stateshas been involved in.
Charles Windolph, Medal of Honorrecipient for action at the Battle of Little Bighornduring the Indian Wars.
Francis Higbee Case, World War Iveteran, United States House of Representativesfor the 75th–81st congresses, United States Senatefrom 1951 until his death in 1962.
*Franklin Peter Twiss, Wiconi co-founder's father (see
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
*United States National Cemetery
* [http://www.cem.va.gov/ National Cemetery Administration]
* [http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/blackhills.asp Black Hills National Cemetery]
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