• Kaw Mission Council Focuses On ‘Military On The Santa Fe Trail’

Kaw Mission Council Focuses On ‘Military On The Santa Fe Trail’

“Military on the Santa Fe Trail,” will be the theme for this year’s Kaw Mission Councils series of lectures and events. The series will focus on the rich history of military on the Santa Fe Trail. The first Kaw Mission Council will be the Friends of Kaw Heritage Annual Meeting with historian Ken McClintock presenting in first person Charles Henry Buercklin: Kearney’s “Army of the West.”

Charles Henry Buercklin (1821-1909) emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1846.  In 1847 he joined an Illinois infantry regiment, trained at Fort Leavenworth, and passed through Council Grove en route to Santa Fe during the Mexican War.  At the time he passed through Council Grove, he noted that it had but one store [the Boone & Hamilton trading post operated by Seth Hays] and an Indian Camp.

The Illinois regiment was a part of Gen. Kearney’s Army of the West, sent to capture New Mexico—which was accomplished without firing a shot.


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