On July 4th Fort Larned National Historic Site will honor Lieutenant Frank D. Baldwin, the fourth U.S. Army Soldier to receive two Medals of Honor. Baldwin, who served at Fort Larned 1872-1873, received his first Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, during the Civil War. His second Medal of Honor was earned in Texas in 1874 when soldiers under his command defeated Chief Gray Beard’s Cheyenne Indians in rescuing two young white girls who were being held captive.
12:00 Noon. The Fort Larned Post Band will present a patriotic music concert at the North Officers’ Quarters (bring your picnic lunch and enjoy the music – free watermelon will be provided).
1:00 p.m. Mr. Dan Holt, a Frank Baldwin Historian, will present an overview of Frank Baldwin’s Life and Times in the (air conditioned) Visitor Center Auditorium.
2:00 p.m. Mr. Rex Abrahams, Chairman of the Fort Larned Old Guard, will speak in the Visitor Center Auditorium on the Baldwin sword, how the Old Guard acquired it, and its presentation to the Fort Larned National Historic Site. The sword is on display in the Visitor Center Museum.
3:00 p.m. Park Ranger Roy Hargadine will speak in the Visitor Center Auditorium about the Medal of Honor and highlight Lieutenant Baldwin’s extraordinary heroism in earning his two Medals of Honor.
4:00 p.m. Ceremony honoring Lieutenant Baldwin on the Parade Ground with bugle calls - Boots and Saddles,Cavalry Charge and Taps, followed by Retreat, firing of the Mountain Howitzer, and lowering of the Garrison Flag while the Bugler plays To the Colors.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. With no admission fee the fort is open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm. Information on visiting the fort is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911, or on the Fort Larned Facebook page. For information on area tourism partners and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call (620) 285-6916.