Hays in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The commissary warehouse, which stored the fort’s food supply, was located behind this sign. The commissary officer was responsible for food storage and preventing loss from theft and spoilage. Bars on the windows kept out enlisted men trying to supplement their meager daily rations.
In contrast to enlisted rations, the officers’ “mess,” as described by Captain Albert Barnitz in an 1867 letter to his wife, Jennie, sounds like a feast.
[W]e have good cooks, and the following is our bill of fare: French beef or buffalo meat roasted, boiled or fried. Potatoes – Eggs – ham – fresh peas (canned) – canned peaches, cherries and tomatoes etc.-canned – peach pies, fresh bread – stewed peaches – pickles – warm cakes, etc. etc…we have excellent coffee – ‘Java.’
Erected by Kansas Historical Society.
Location. 38° 51.794′ N, 99° 20.565′ W. Marker is in Hays, Kansas, in Ellis County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Hays State Historic Site, off US Hwy 163 Alternate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1472 US Highway 163 Alternate, Hays KS 67601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Time Capsule (a few steps from this marker); Monarch of the Plains (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hays (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Row (about 300 feet away); Fort Hays - Fort Dodge Road Trailhead (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Hays (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hays.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Fort Hays State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.