Fort Humboldt, Jefferson Finis Davis

Lafayette Guild – Assistant Surgeon At Fort Humboldt

Lafayette Guild was the assistant surgeon at Fort Humbolt during his time with the U.S. Army. In 1861, Guild resigned his army commission and joined the Confederacy. Eventually, Guild became the personal surgeon for Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

On one of the windows of former hospital at Fort Humboldt is a tribute to Lafayette Guild.

The hospital is the only original building left at Fort Humboldt. The rest were destroyed by the earthquake of 1906.

Eureka, California, Fort Humboldt, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, General Ulysses S. Grant

Fort Humbolt – A Site Where Ulysses Grant Was Stationed After The Mexican American War

In 1853, the same year native Americans began a series of uprisings in Northern California, the U.S. Army established Fort Humbolt off of the northern California coastline in Eureka, California. After the Mexican American War Ulysses S. Grant was stationed at Fort Humbolt. However, Grant had meager funds at the time and was unable to transport his wife and his children with him to the northern California redwood coast.

General Grant drank excessively while stationed at Humboldt. When his superior caught him drinking, after ordering him not to do so, Grant was given the option to be court martialed or to resign from the U.S. Army. Ironically, Grant submitted his resignation to Jefferson Davis, the Secretary of War at the time, a few years before the Civil War began. Years after the fort closed in 1870, a statue of General Grant was erected at Fort Humbolt.

Now the former Fort is park of the California State Park system as Fort Humboldt State Historic Park.

The former hospital is the only original structure within Fort Humboldt.