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Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Sutler's Store
ó Officers Row ó
 
The Sutler's Store Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
1. The Sutler's Store Marker
 
Inscription. Until the late 19th century, the U. S. Army awarded sales commissions to civilian traders, known as sutlers. Each post or regiment was authorized to appoint one. Described as “a combination of saloon keeper and general store operator,” the sutlers supplied troops with goods and food to supplement army rations.

The first sutler at Vancouver Barracks was Elisha Camp, who came with the 4th Infantry in 1852. By all accounts, Camp rana profitable enterprise selling diverse items such as coffee, flour, liquor, tobacco, crockery, wool socks, and toothbrushes. However, after less than a year in Vancouver, his store mysteriously “exploded.” Camp returned to the East Coast leaving behind at least one unhappy investor: a young Brevet Captain named Ulysses S. Grant. A successor soon rebuilt the store, and the sutler tradition continued until being replaced by a post canteen, the first in the military.
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 45° 37.563′ N, 122° 39.952′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is on Hathaway Road near Fort Vancouver Way, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
The Sutler's Store Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
2. The Sutler's Store Marker
 
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Artillery Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); The Red Cross Convalescent House (within shouting distance of this marker); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, in a direct line); The Post Hospital (about 500 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 500 feet away); The O. O. Howard House (about 700 feet away); Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. The background picture on the marker is captioned, "The sutlerís store, surrounded by a stockade, appears just left of center in this 1855 sketch by Gustavus Sohon." It is provided for the marker, "Courtesy of the Library of Congress and Dr. McDermott."

In the lower right corner of the marker is a picture of items found during Fort Vancouver area archeaological digs. It includes the caption, "Unlike the British imports sold at Fort Vancouver, the sutler stocked mostly American and French goods, like these items found during archaeological excavations at the site."
 
Also see . . .  Excavating the ca. 1850-1865 Sutlerís Store. The archaeological excavation of the Sutler's Store is discussed on page 3 of this Northwest Cultural Resources Institute (NCRI) report. (Submitted on July 26, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Lower right corner picture on The Sutler's Store Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
3. Lower right corner picture on The Sutler's Store Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,929 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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