Kit Carson - After the Civil War ended and the Indian Wars campaigns were in a lull, Carson was breveted a General and appointed commandant of Ft. Garland, Colorado, the heart of Ute country. Carson had many Ute friends in the area and assisted in government relations. After being mustered out of the Army, Carson took up ranching. In late 1867 he escorted four Ute chiefs to Washington, D.C. to visit the President seeking additional government assistance.
Kit Carson's Grave, Taos, New Mexico - Soon after his return from Washington, D.C., his wife Josefa died from complications of child birth. Carson died a month later from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 58. He was buried next to his wife. His headstone inscription reads: Kit Carson Died May 23, 1868 Aged 59 Years His last words were: "Adios Compadres." Spanish for goodbye friends.
Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868) was an American frontiersman & Indian fighter, mountain man & trapper in the West. Carson explored the west to California, & north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among & married into the Arapaho & Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, & led 'the Pathfinder' through much of California, Oregon & the Great Basin area. Carson was born in Madison County, Kentucky, near the city of Richmond
"Cave of the Winds, Sierra Madre Mountains" Now known mostly as Kit Carson Cave, near Gallup, New Mexico Photographer: Ben Wittick Date: 1880 - 1890? Negative Number 016021 via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives FB
Kit Carson, standing, and John C. Fremont. John C. Fremont put Las Vegas on the map, ran for president, and freed slaves before Abraham Lincoln did. He was the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President, and freed slaves during the Civil War for which he was court-martialed. photo ca. 1863