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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Post Headquarters

 
 
Post Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
1. Post Headquarters Marker
Inscription.
Erected in 1870, and built of limestone quarried from a nearby hill, the Post Headquarters building housed the administrative offices. The Commanding Officer, his executive officer, the adjutant, a sergeant and a signal officer worked here. The adjutant had the authority to execute an order if the Commanding Officer was absent. One of the rooms was used for the Post Library to hold the few periodicals and books that might be shipped from back East. After close of business hours, the Guardhouse became the Post Headquarters for any business that needed to be dealt with or transacted.

In October of 1873, Governor Davis of Texas held a council here and freed Kiowa chiefs Satanta and Big Tree. In July of 1901 29,000 homesteaders gathered at the Headquarters to register for the opening of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Reservation. Captain Dan T. Moore moved the headquarters of the Field Artillery School to the more spacious old post headquarters building when it was vacated by the post commander upon completion of the new post in the fall of 1911. In 1912, the school moved to one of the new unoccupied barracks in the new post area. From 1913-1918 the School of Musketry was here. The Ordnance Department took over and had its offices here until World War II. It is presently used as the Museum's Headquarters.
 
Location.
Post Headquarters and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
2. Post Headquarters and Marker
34° 40.167′ N, 98° 23.183′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is on Quanah Road west of Chickasha Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Guardhouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (approx. mile away); Proud American (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Sill (approx. half a mile away); Quinette Crossing (approx. 0.7 miles away); Satank Killed (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in the Old Post Museum area of Fort Sill, an active U.S. military installation. The museum is open to the public, but appropriate identification is required for access for Fort Sill.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Post Headquarters Marker detail image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
3. Post Headquarters Marker detail
The caption reads, "Tug-of-war in front of the Post Headquarters (ca. 1890)."
Post Headquarters door image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
4. Post Headquarters door
Post Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
5. Post Headquarters
Fort Sill General Plan of Post - 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
6. Fort Sill General Plan of Post - 1874
Headquarters building is located near the center of the picture between the two barracks buildings on the south side of the parade field.
Fort Sill main post - 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 14, 2011
7. Fort Sill main post - 1874
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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