A portrait of Kit Carson III (son of Willliam Carson and grandson of Kit Carson) in a coat similar to the “Kit Carson coat”, circa 1927. Note that this coat was actually owned by Tom Tobin, Carson III’s grandfather on his mother’s side. Scan number: 10053237.
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.
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
Kit Carson Jr Armed 1870s Cabinet Card Photo by Mora Buffalo Bill Wild West Show