Fort Gibson, Oklahoma: Fort Gibson National Cemetery

Military cemetery includes the graves of Billy Bowlegs, the abandoned wife of Sam Houston, and Vivia Thomas, who dressed like a soldier to kill her runaway fiance, then died of exposure from visiting his grave.
Address:
1423 Cemetery Rd, Fort Gibson, OK
Directions:
East of town. From US-62 BUS turn north onto East St., then right onto Cemetery Rd. Drive one mile to the graveyard, on the right.
Hours:
Gates open daily 7-sunset. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Grave of Billy Bow Legs.

Fort Gibson National Cemetery

Site of the last resting place of many famous soldiers who served in the early 1800s at the nearby Fort, including Billy Bowlegs. Also here, Talahina Rogers, the abandoned wife of Sam Houston.

[Keith, 06/03/2020]

At least as notable as Talahina is Vivia Thomas, who was jilted by her Army fiance. Vivia then disguised herself as a man, joined the Army, and killed her lover. She died of pneumonia from repeatedly visiting his grave. Her Army comrades voted her into Fort Gibson National Cemetery.


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