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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Post Trader

(Sutler's Store)

 
 
Post Trader Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Post Trader Marker
Inscription.  The equivalent of the modern army post exchange, the post trader offered for sale items not supplied by the army – toilet articles, sewing supplies, tobacco, medicinal cure-alls, fresh vegetables, canned fruits, and a wide variety of knick-knacks. The fort's women shopped here for all domestic supplies.

At each post, the trader enjoyed a monopoly. Before and during the Civil War, most military sutlers were regarded as swindlers. However, military reform in 1867 brought in more responsible and respected shopkeepers. Fort Bowie's trader, Sidney DeLong, typified that new breed: a true gentleman; the fort's ranking civilian; and a territorial leader.

In DeLong's two south rooms, officers met to play billiards and cards, to drink and talk. His bar on the north side provided enlisted men with beer and a brief respite from the day's military regimen.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 32° 8.679′ N, 109° 26.24′ W. Marker is near
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Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail, 1˝ miles south of Apache Pass Road. Marker is located at the second Fort Bowie site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. If you are unable to hike the 3.0 mile round trip trail, check the park website for alternate access directions. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Fort Bowie (about 500 feet away); First Fort Bowie (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 700 feet away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Post Trader Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Post Trader Marker
Post Trader image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Post Trader
Photo displayed along Fort Bowie Trail. image. Click for full size.
circa 1885
4. Photo displayed along Fort Bowie Trail.
Post Trader is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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