- October 26, 2012
- By admin
- In Area History
Did you know there was a historical battle that took place near a ghost town in Yuma county? Stanwix Station or Flap Jack Ranch made it’s place in the historical maps with the battle of Stanwix Station. The battle took place on March 29, 1862, when Capt. William P. Calloway and a vanguard of 272 troops from the California Column discovered a small detachment of Confederates led by 2nd Lt. John W.
Swilling burning hay, which had been placed at Stanwix Station for the California Column’s animals. After a brief exchange of gun fire with the much larger Union force, the Confederates retreated to Tucson, the capital of the western district of the Confederate Territory of Arizona. The skirmish resulted in the wounding of a German-born Union private, William Frank Semmelrogge (Semmilrogge), who subsequently recovered. There were no other casualties