Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Marbury in Chilton County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Army Barracks for Enlisted Men

 
 
Army Barracks for Enlisted Men Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
1. Army Barracks for Enlisted Men Marker
Inscription.  After the war broke out, wooden frame barracks were built by North and South at permanent installations such as forts, arsenals, coastal installations, and training camps. In winter, smaller barracks were constructed with available materials and man power.

We occupied time in various ways when not on guard detail duty or ill. We carried water, cooked, carried wood, washed our clothes, cleaned our guns, conversed, wrote letters to our people at home, tussled, ran foot races, jumped, boxed or jollied each other in friendly ways, some recruits loafed or lay around and grieved of home until sent off to the hospital or died in camp.

Other jolly souls sang songs, especially at night, others played various games of chance, cards, dice, keno or other games.
We sometimes fished in creeks or rivers and went in bathing, and some frequently attended religious services..."

Pvt. William E. Matthews, Co B, 33rd Alabama Infantry,
Wartrace, Tennessee, April 1863


War-time barracks built by Confederate Memorial Park from original 1863 US Army engineer plans with modifications based on illustration
View of marker towards the encampment. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
2. View of marker towards the encampment.
and photograph of Confederate barracks on Tybee Island, 1861.

The barracks had room for approximately 85 non-commissioned officers and privates (basically an entire company minus the officers). The smaller room housed the NCO's while the larger room housed the Privates. Each bunk was shared by two to three men. The amount and quality of the furniture inside the barracks depended on available materials and whether there were carpenters in the outfit.

Photo captions:
Middle top: Confederate soldiers in front of their winter quarters, Quantico, Virginia 1861
Right top: Typical camp duty: washing, cooking, cutting, and cleaning
Main Photo: Confederate encampment at Fort Harrison, Virginia
Bottom: War-time illustration and photograph of a barracks occupied by Confederate soldiers on Tybee Island, Georgia in 1861.

 
Erected by Confederate Memorial Park.
 
Location. 32° 43.362′ N, 86° 28.391′ W. Marker is near Marbury, Alabama, in Chilton County. Marker can be reached from County Road 63. Located within Confederate Memorial Park just off County Road 63. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 437 Co Rd 63, Marbury AL 36051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woven Wire Fence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marbury Methodist Church
View of barracks building during the Independent Rifles Winter Quarters of 1862 reenactment. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2019
3. View of barracks building during the Independent Rifles Winter Quarters of 1862 reenactment.
(about 500 feet away); Memorial Hall Flagpole (about 800 feet away); Monument to Jefferson Manly Falkner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home (approx. mile away); Steam Locomotive Bell (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marbury.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 

More. Search the internet for Army Barracks for Enlisted Men.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Paid Advertisement