Fort Stevenson, North Dakota

Replica guardhouse of Fort Stevenson, North Dakota courtesy Fort Wiki.

Replica guardhouse of Fort Stevenson, North Dakota, courtesy Fort Wiki.

Fort Stevenson, North Dakota, was established in June 1867 by Major Joseph N.G. Whistler with troops from Fort Berthold.

The fort was named for Brigadier General Thomas G. Stevenson, who was in the Civil War. The post’s objectives were to serve as a supply base for Fort Totten and protect the vessels traveling along the Missouri River. Though the post was never directly attacked, the troops were sometimes engaged in skirmishes. However, the greater danger to soldiers at the fort was the fierce winters on the northern plains, where temperatures would often drop to 40 degrees below zero.

Fort Stevenson was abandoned in the summer of 1883, the buildings were dismantled, and the troops were transferred to Fort Buford. Today, the site is under the waters of Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River.


© Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated January 2023.

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