Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Protecting the Travelers or the Garrison?
The mission of the Fort Phil Kearny garrison was to guard travelers on the Bozeman Trail, but it soon became apparent that the guards would also need protection. Therefore, on July 13, 1866, Captain Tenador Ten Eyck began building a fort which had been designed by Colonel Henry Carrington before they left Fort Stephen Kearny. The fort’s 800 by 600 foot long walls were made of 11” by 12” logs buried three feet in the ground. There were firing notches cut along the banquet at every fifth log, and blockhouses or gun-bastions on two opposite corners to provide enfilading fire along the walls. The main gate was located on the east wall, and smaller five foot wide officer’s gates were originally located on each of the other walls. Each gate was provided with a locking mechanism. Five guard stands were located to provide 24 hour surveillance of the grounds both inside and outside the post.
Before you is a reproduction of the stockade, guard stand, officer’s gate and artillery bastion as originally built at Fort Phil Kearny. From this position we know Col. Carrington fired artillery at the Native Americans who opposed the fort.
At the time of construction few military forts in the West had stockades. Would it have been better to train the raw recruits to protect the travelers? Was the time used to build the 2,800
Location. 44° 31.953′ N, 106° 49.64′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Phil Kearny. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Touring the Fort (here, next to this marker); Officers Row (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fort Kearny Sawmills (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of a Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); A monument Honoring John “Portugee” Phillips (within shouting distance of this marker); Cemetery Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bozeman Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Banner.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a picture of “Colonel Carrington’s conceptual drawing of stockade and map of Military Stockade Location.” Next to this is an “Artist conceptual drawing prior to archaeological discoveries.”
Also see . . . Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.