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Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Family Quarters

Fort Stanwix National Monument

 
 
Family Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Family Quarters Marker
Inscription.
Throughout the war, soldiers would have been accompanied by their families as they had no other way of supporting them. Later in the war it became common for officers, running low on assets, to also have their families join them.

Most families would have lived in surrounding camps rather than within the fort. Wives and older children worked as camp followers, doing domestic duties in exchange for food and shelter. This was considered quite a hardship for some officers’ wives.

One of the few documented cases of an officer’s family living at the fort was in 1780 and 1781, when Captain Moody of the artillery had his wife and daughter living here with him. While we do not know the exact causes for this, it is probable that Capt. Moody had reached a point where he could no longer provide for his family without bringing them into the army service. This room represents the sort of quarters that Capt. Moody and his family might have lived in.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.643′ N, 75° 27.303′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located
Family Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. Family Quarters Marker
inside Fort Stanwix. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Junior Officers’ Quarters (here, next to this marker); Commandant’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (a few steps from this marker); Orderly Room (a few steps from this marker); Artillerymen (a few steps from this marker); Surgeon’s Day Room (a few steps from this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (a few steps from this marker); Suttler (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. A picture on the marker depicts two women with their children in the family quarters at Fort Stanwix.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Markers in Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Markers in Fort Stanwix
Several markers are visible in this photo. The Family Quarters marker can be seen in the center.
Inside the Family Quarters at Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
4. Inside the Family Quarters at Fort Stanwix
Family Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
5. Family Quarters
Family Campground at Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
6. Family Campground at Fort Stanwix
Many families lived outside the fort. Their camps were often locate din the moat near the fort's drawbridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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