"During the 1850s, Fort Riley was the home station for Colonel Philip St. George Cooke, Captain’s John Buford and Lewis Armistead (who fought on opposite sides at Gettysburg), Captain Nathaniel Lyon (the first Union General killed during the Civil War at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek), and First Lieutenant James Ewell “JEB” Stuart.
"LTC Robert E. Lee was at Fort Riley for court martial duty in the first week of November 1855. The following week, Lieutenant Jeb Stuart married Flora Cooke at the post.
"Contrary to some historical accounts, Custer and the Seventh Cavalry did not leave from Fort Riley for the Little Big Horn.
"The only President’s to visit Fort Riley while in office were Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943."
Source: Fort Riley Driving Tour pamphlet, retrieved 12/17/2013 from http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=DPTMS.Museum&nav=Recreation
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