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Charles L. CASS

Alma Cemetery
Park County,

Gravestone Inscription reads: Lieut; C.L. Cass; CO. A. 3 COLO. CAV.

Source: the following was taken from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper (Fairplay, Park County) dated March 18, 1904, page 2.

Note: The Alma cemetery and Buckskin cemetery are one in the same. The cemetery was originally called the Buckskin cemetery because it was located next to the original town of Buckskin Joe, now a ghost town. President Theodore Roosevelt approved the land grant for the cemetery to be used by Alma residents on 3/21/1902.

Charles L. Cass

Charles L. Cass, who died Friday after an illness of several months, was one of the best know citizens of Alma and the state of Colorado. Mr. Cass was born in Utica, New York, in 1845. At the outbreak of the Civil war, being tall for his age, he enlisted in the 36th new York infantry, serving for two years in the Potomac army. He was honorably discharged in 1868 on account of bodily disability.
Mr. Cass came west the same year, locating at Denver. There were great Indian uprisings at that time and Cass, together with former Senator Shoup of Idaho, Major Downing, and Col. Shimington
of Denver, organized what was called the “Mounted Militia,” equipping themselves. Afterwards, Mr. Cass entered to 3rd Colorado Cavalry, in which he held the rank of first lieutenant and adjutant of the regiment. He took part in the celebrated Indian fight at Sand Creek.
After the close of the war, he acted for a while as cashier in a Denver bank, coming to Alma in 1871 and working at the Moose and Dolly Varden mines until some ten years ago, when his enfeebled health compelled him to quit mining.
Mr. Charles Cass was a friend to everybody, universally liked and the funeral last Sunday showed in what great esteem he was held in the community and park county. His old comrades in the Civil war, Hon. Jas. Moynahan, Joseph Sykes and Chas. Phelps acted as pall bearers, as well as friends William Hill, J.G. Brooks,and Hon. Charles A. Wilkin. The coffin was draped with the stars and stripes and carried from the library room to the engine house. The Fairplay military band played funeral marches to the mission Chapel, where Reverend Thompson delivered an impressive sermon. After the sermon, the band again playing funeral marches, the remains were escorted to Buckskin cemetery, Rev. Thompson concluding the service there. Taps were sounded and what was mortal of our friend was laid to eternal rest.
"Requiescat in pace"

Contributed on 8/11/08 by southparkperils
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Submitted: 8/11/08 • Approved: 8/14/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R21880-G0-S3

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