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Kit Carson

Frontiersman Kit Carson

Full Name: Christopher Carson
Profession: Frontiersman

United States of America

Biography: A frontier legend who was a fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and American Army officer. Exaggerated versions of his exploits were often the subject of dime novels.

Between 1842 and 1845 Carson accompanied the explorer John C. Frémont on three expeditions to the American West along the Oregon Trail.

When the American Civil war broke out Carson joined the Union army and led the 1st New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, fighting at the Battle of Valverde in 1862.

Carson went on to campaign against Native Americans the Apache and the Navajo rounding them up onto reservations under the instructions of army general James Henry Carleton.

Carson City, Nevada is named for him.

Born: December 24, 1809
Birthplace: Madison County, Kentucky, United States
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: May 23, 1868 (aged 58)
Cause of Death: Aortic aneurysm

Married Life

  • 1843-02-06 Frontiersman Kit Carson (33) weds Josefa Jaramillo (14) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Historical Events

  • 1842-06-15 John C. Frémont sets off from Kansas River on his first expedition of the Oregon Trail with frontierman Kit Carson as his guide
  • 1844-02-14 John C. Frémont and his party become the first Europeans to discover Lake Tahoe during his second expedition through the American West
  • 1862-02-21 Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Valverde, Confederate Arizona (now New Mexico)

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