Camp Ormsby

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Camp Ormsby (1860-1860) - A temporary U.S. Army Camp established in 1860 near Pyramid Lake, Washoe County, Nevada. Named Camp Ormsby after Major William Ormsby, a pioneer and prominent citizen, leader of the contingent from Carson City, who was killed on 12 May 1860 at the Battle of Pyramid Lake. Abandoned later in 1860.


Camp Ormsby was a temporary encampment located on the Truckee River, 10 miles from Pyramid Lake in Washoe County. It was established on 2 Jun 1860, by Captain Joseph Stewart, (Cullum 1128). 3rd U.S. Artillery, commanding the regular army troops of "The Carson Valley Expedition," after the second Battle of Pyramid Lake that same day, (the afternoon of 2 Jun 1860.)

During the battle Captain Edward Fariss Storey was accidentally shot and mortally wounded by a fellow soldier.

The post was abandoned later in June 1860.

Current Status


Location: Pyramid Lake, Washoe County, Nevada.

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Lat: 39.733198 Long: -119.322328

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See Also:


  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 493.
  • Ruhlen, George, Early Nevada Forts, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, 1964, Vol 7, No 3 & 4,pdf, Camp Ormsby, page 47.


Fortification ID:

  • NV0074 - Camp Ormsby

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