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Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Parade Ground

Fort Buford State Historic Site

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. Parade Ground Marker
Captions: (middle left) Fort Buford's parade ground, looking toward the Missouri River.; (bottom left) 15th infantry band at Fort Buford.; (bottom center (Officers and friends, Fort Buford, Dakota Territory. (bottom right) Diagram of Fort Buford.
Inscription.  At the center of every frontier fort was a parade ground. Fort Buford's parade ground ultimately grew to a rectangular space measuring 800 by 300 feet. At one point in its history, two parade grounds were planned, one for infantry and one for cavalry. Construction budget cutbacks cancelled this idea.
The parade ground served practical as well as symbolic functions. Practically, it was the scene of military training and ceremony. Symbolically, with the officer's quarters aligned along one side and enlisted quarters on the other, the parade ground reinforced the social separation between officers and enlisted men.
Prior to the 1890s, new recruits trained by learning from the veteran soldiers in the units to which they were assigned. Such basics as marching, the manual of arms, and care and use of equipment were learned not at recruit depots. but at the forts. The parade grounds provided a space for this training.
The parade ground also served as the focal points for military ceremonies, such as guard mount, roll calls, and full-dress inspections. At times, the parade ground was the scene of social entertainment such as band
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. Parade Ground and Marker
concerts, picnics, and athletic events.
 
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Location. 47° 59.201′ N, 103° 59.985′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, 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); Field Officers' Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Telegraph Office (about 300 feet away); Fort Buford Historic Site (about 400 feet away); Fort Buford State Historic Site (about 600 feet away); Guardhouse and Officer of the Guard Building (about 800 feet away); Post Trader's Complex (about 800 feet away); Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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