DEAD: Kit Carson

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Kit Carson (aged 58)
American frontiersman and Union Army general

Christopher Houston Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868), better known as Kit Carson, was an American frontiersman. He was a mountain man (fur trapper), wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. Army officer. Carson became a frontier legend in his own lifetime via biographies and news articles. Often exaggerated versions of his exploits were the subject of dime novels. His understated nature belied confirmed reports of his fearlessness, combat skills, tenacity, and profound effect on the westward expansion of the United States.

DEATH: Soon after his return, his wife Josefa died from complications after giving birth to their eighth child. Her death was a crushing blow to Carson. He died a month later at age 58 on May 23, 1868, in the presence of Dr. Tilton and his friend Thomas Boggs in the surgeon’s quarters at Fort Lyon, Colorado. His last words were “Goodbye, friends. Adios, compadres”. The cause of his death was abdominal aortic aneurysm. His resting place is Taos, New Mexico.

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