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Eden in Marshall County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Guard House

Constructed in 1865

 
 
Guard House Marker (replacement marker) image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, October 2, 2020
1. Guard House Marker (replacement marker)
Inscription.  Memorandum: Dick Wilson enlisted in our squad from S. Paul in October 1863. He was a very bad case. His home has been the guard house ever since he enlisted. He broke out and deserted the 13th of February. He was caught and brought back. Again he broke out and deserted, and this time succeeded in getting away.

Low morale often led to discipline problems at the Fort. For disobeying orders, a soldier may have been forced to "ride" the wooden horse. Serious infractions resulted in time spent in the guard house.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1863.
 
Location. 45° 39.415′ N, 97° 31.84′ W. Marker is in Eden, South Dakota, in Marshall County. Marker can be reached from 434th Avenue 1˝ miles south of 118th Stret. The Marker is located 500 feet from the parking lot on the main foot path. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11907 434th Ave, Eden SD 57232, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Magazine (here, next to this marker); Andrew Jackson Fisk Historic Trail (a few steps from this marker); Adjutant's Office

Guard House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
2. Guard House Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The Laundress Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Barracks (about 300 feet away); Fort Sisseton (about 300 feet away); Library-Schoolhouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eden.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Sisseton State Historic Park. (Submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Guard House Marker (old marker) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
3. Guard House Marker (old marker)
Buildings to the South including the Guard House. image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
4. Buildings to the South including the Guard House.
Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
5. Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 369 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 8, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 3, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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