Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Any Attempt to relieve the suﬀering . . .
. . . at Fort Phil Kearny was seldom successful at either of its two hospitals. The original hospital was a 24 by 84 foot structure similar to the barracks in construction. During this hospitalís short service it sadly served as the morgue for Fettermanís command. During most of its existence the building functioned as an officerís quarters and was home to Captain Powell during his time at the post.
The second and primary hospital was built in 1867. It was an L-shaped structure incorporating panel construction and was 25 by 156 feet. The building either replaced or was attached to the bakery which was also located in this corner. The bakery attachment would have provided additional warmth and soothing aromas for the occupants. Little else is known about this building.
Suffering at the post was considerable. There was constant skirmishing with the Indians outside the post resulting in numerous battle injuries. In addition to combat wounds the occupants might be suffering from disease including dysentery, scurvy, or tuberculosis which, records indicate, were prevalent at the fort due to diet and sanitation.
Location. 44° 31.896′ N, 106° 49.474′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road 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. Laundress Row: (a few steps from this marker); Lesson Learned (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilians: (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cavalrymanís Quarters: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Guard House: (about 300 feet away); Site of Fort Phil Kearny (about 400 feet away); The Post Headquarters: (about 400 feet away); The Quartermaster Corral: (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Banner.
More about this marker. Portraits of Captain Powell and Surgeon Horton appear on the left side of the marker. A map showing the location of the Hospital at the fort and a photograph of the interior of a hospital at a different fort are at the markerís right.
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 102 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.