Edward R.S. Canby

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Edward Richard Sprigg Canby (1817-1873) - Born 9 Nov 1817 in Piatt's Landing, Kentucky. A career U.S. Army infantry officer and West Point graduate. Assassinated 11 Apr 1873, by Modoc Indians near Tule Lake, California.

General Edward R.S. Canby

He entered the United States Military Academy 1 Jul 1835 and graduated 1 Jul 1839 in the Class of 1839 ranking 30th out of 31, (Cullum 1015).

He served in the Second Seminole War (1839-1842), the Mexican War (1846-1848), the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) and the Modoc Indian War (1872-1873). He rose to the rank of Major General of Volunteers and Brigadier General U.S. Army.

He was murdered 11 Ap 1873 during the Modoc War at a peace conference in the California Lava Beds by Captain Jack who was a chief of the Modoc. He was buried 23 May 1873 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fort Canby in Washington State was named for General Canby in 1875.

Father: Israel T. Canby (1779-1846)

Mother: Elizabeth Piatt Canby (1784-1840)


  • Louisa Hawkins (1818-1889) married 1 Aug 1839 at Crawfordsville, Indiana, born 25 Dec 1818


  • Mary Paul Canby (1843-????) born 1843 in Vermont


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