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Fort Vose
(Camp Nome Lackee)
 
This post was established on January 4, 1855, on the Nome Lackee Indian Reservation formed in September 1854 on Thomes Creek about 20 miles west of Tehama. Originally situated in Colusa County, the reservation was relocated in Tehama County in 1856 when the county lines were redrawn.
 
Elements of the 3rd Artillery were stationed at Nome Lackee until April 21, 1858, to provide local protection. In 1948 remains of the adobe built fortification were still in evidence. The structure, approximately 100 feet square with walls about 10 feet high, was built primarily for the protection of reservation agency personnel. The reservation was the forerunner of the Round Valley Reservation; it was gradually displaced by the latter and was completely abandoned in 1861. The post was apparently renamed Fort Vose, possibly for Lieutenant William Vose, an artilleryman, who years later was attached to the 2nd Artillery.

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