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Fort Wingate is near Gallup, New Mexico. There were two locations in New Mexico that had this name. The first one was located near San Rafael. The new location called Ft. Wingate was established on the southern edge of the Navajo territory in 1868. The initial purpose of the fort was to control the large Navajo tribe to its north. It was involved with the Navajo's Long Walk. From 1870 onward the garrison was concerned with Apaches to the south and hundreds of Navajo Scouts were enlisted at the fort through 1890.
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*1865 there were 3,089 troops in the New Mexico Military District, 135 at Fort Wingate. * It was the staging point for Navajos being sent on the Long Walk *1873 - 1886 Participated in Apache Wars with troops and recruited Navajo Scouts. It was designed to house 4 companies of troops. Benjamin Wingate, 5th US Infantry, who received wounds to his legs during the Battle of Valverde. *1862 The post was renamed Fort Wingate after the abandonment of an army post of that name located 60 miles away in San Rafael, New Mexico.
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