State of Nebraska - Genealogy Trails





  Early Military History







Our military history has never been great, but as there was pressing need in early days of protection for life and property from attacks by the Indians, the territory was divided into the North and South Platte brigade departments, under command of General Thayer, and each neighborhood organized companies to protect its citizens.


A military post was established at Old Port Kearny in 1846, where Nebraska City now stands, but a few months later its small garrison was sent to Mexico.


Five companies wintered there—1847-48—on their way to establish New Fort Kearney, near the present city of Kearney.


Fort Sidney was established in 1867

Omaha Barracks, 1868, known as Fort Omaha from 1878

Fort Robinson in 1874


General Crook was first appointed commander of the Platte in 1875. During this command Fort Niobrara was established in 1880.


Fort McPherson guarded well our frontier, and many interesting tales might be told of the soldiers' conflicts with the Indians. It was abandoned, but later converted into a national cemetery, where many of those who served as soldiers in the Civil and Indian wars now rest.


The first regiment Nebraska Volunteers and the second regiment Nebraska Cavalry, were highly praised for brave conduct during the Civil War and for their defense of the territory against Indians.


Many troops have been stationed at Fort Crook, six miles south of Omaha, and today a state militia is maintained.


One of the great battleships bears the name of the state and was presented with a stand of colors by the Daughters of the American Revolution.








Once Upon A Time In Nebraska

Second Edition,  Omaha, March, 1916