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Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sutler Store

 
 
Sutler Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2019
1. Sutler Store Marker
Inscription.

"Every military post shall have one Sutler, to be appointed by the Secretary of War."
General Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1841

About 100 yards in front of you an engraved stone marks the location of Fort Scott's sutler store. The sutler, a civilian licensed to run a store on or near a military post, sold goods not normally issued by the army. Serving soldiers and civilians alike, the sutler store was a vital part of a military post.

Imagine operating a store here in the 1840s. Among the many challenges were trips as far as St. Louis or even Philadelphia to buy goods. Loss of shipments by theft or natural disasters such as flood was part of the sutler's risk.

[Illustration captions read]
• This sketch (above) is the only known historic image of Fort Scott's sutler store. It appeared in a history of Fort Scott written in 1894. Historians are unsure of its accuracy, or whether the illustrator had ever actually seen the store.

• Hiero T. Wilson (left) became Fort Scott's post sutler in 1843. Fluent in Osage, Cherokee, and Creek, the six-foot-two sutler was called Big White Chief by local Indians. When the army left in 1853, Wilson stayed to operate his store, and helped establish the town of Fort Scott.

• Items on this March 1844 page (above) from the Fort

Sutler Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2019
2. Sutler Store Marker
Scott sutler's ledger include clothes pins, eggs, and raisins. Other items often sold included newspapers, books, tobacco, candy, and beer. A council of military officers set prices.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 50.592′ N, 94° 42.343′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker is on Old Fort Boulevard north of Wall Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the Fort Scott National Historic Site grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Scott Yesterday (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sites and People of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Hotel: Symbol of Strife (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Town (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Scott Post Sutler. (Submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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