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The Fort Douglas Cemetery is a small old cemetery half forgotten tucked behind the Research Park's new buildings for technology and bio medicine, hotels, and the Red Butte Garden. I worked nearby for awhile and would walk up for lunch to explore it. It is a quiet retreat and quite interesting.
Ft Douglas on the Salt Lake benches was built in 1862 by volunteer militia from California led by Patrick Conner who wanted to fight in the Civil War. They were instead sent to keep the Mormons in line, the trade routes open and quell Indian aggression. One of the first things they did was massacre a whole tribe of peaceful winter-gathered First Americans up along the north reaches of the Utah Territory.
There is a monument at Ft Douglas to those who gave their lives in this battle. Patrick Conner, who received a promotion for the Bear River Massacre, is also buried. Soldiers from Civil War era, and all wars up unto the Vietnam War are laid to rest here.
At the southwestern edge is the monument to German prisoners of war who died while being kept here during World War 1. They were captured from ships in the pacific and held here for a year or so. Having just visited many US cemeteries in Europe I was especially interested in knowing that there were foreign soldiers buried right here in my home town.
According to the sign at the entrance there are also German, Japanese and Italian prisoners from WWII.
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