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Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Infantry Life

 
 
Infantry Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
1. Infantry Life Marker
Inscription.
This reconstructed infantry barracks, one of two at Fort Scott, serves to remind us of life for an infantry soldier here in the 1840s and 50s.

During wartime, infantry fought on foot, but during peacetime, life in the infantry meant isolation, routine, boredom, and unappealing work. Tasks of building and maintaining Fort Scott’s structures, and the Military Road, fell largely to the infantry.

But war broke the routine. In 1845 the army dispatched infantry from here to defend Texas. During the Mexican War (1846-1848) men from Fort Scott fought with distinction, and some died, at places life Molino del Rey, Churubusco, Monterrey, and Vera Cruz.

For Fort Scott the Mexican War was a major step toward obsolescence. Land gained as a result of the war accelerated America’s westward growth, and doomed forts like Fort Scott, which had been built to guard the “permanent” Indian frontier.

[Illustration caption reads]
July 21, 1845 - Company C, 1st Infantry (above), prepares to embark on their long journey to join General Zachary Taylor's Army of Observation in Texas, then on to Mexico. Fort Scott was just one of many lonely outposts stripped of troops during the Mexican War.

Other infantry replaced Fort Scott's departed units, manning the fort throughout the war. They continued
Infantry Barracks and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
2. Infantry Barracks and Marker
Looking east.
to work on building and repair, tasks that slowed but did not stop during wartime.
 
Erected 1998 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 50.603′ N, 94° 42.249′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Fort Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Scott National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Crack Post of the Frontier" (a few steps from this marker); Quartermaster Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Where Was the Bathroom? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Free to Learn (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rank, Privilege, and Officers Row (about 300 feet away); Tallgrass Prairie Trail (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Scott.
 
Also see . . .
1. Infantry Life at Fort Scott. (Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The U.S.-Mexican War. (Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar, Mexican-American
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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