Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Army’s Shopkeeper
Each regiment had a quartermaster, who provided everything the men needed except food and weapons.
While in Scottsville, Lieutenant William A. Wainwright, quartermaster of the 75th Indiana, obtained and distributed supplies to the officers and men of his regiment. Wainwright proved to be very good at his job. He earned the rank of captain and transferred to the Nashville Depot.
Uniforms, Sealing Wax and Shovels
At Scottsville, Wainwright distributed paper, pens, pen holders, sealing wax and envelopes to officers and clerks. Every soldier received new drawers, shirts, pants, dress coats, caps, socks, brogans and great coats. No doubt the men welcomed the new clothing after the long summer and fall campaign. They may been less happy with the new picks and shovels Wainwright distributed.
Keeping the Regiment Moving
Wainwright was also responsible for seventy-seven mules and eight horses that pulled the regiment’s thirteen wagons and three ambulances. He distributed supplies to maintain harness and to make and fit horse shoes.
The Quartermaster Department supplied everything you see in this photograph except the officer’s weapon ad sword.
An army supply wagon
An ambulance drill near Brandy Station, Virginia
A traveling army forge at Antietam, Maryland
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1862.
Location. 36° 45.668′ N, 86° 11.969′ W. Marker is in Scottsville, Kentucky, in Allen County. Marker can be reached from North Bedelia Street (Kentucky Route 1386) 0.1 miles west of Dumont Hill Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker located on Dumont Hill at Dugas Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 North Bedelia St, Scottsville KY 42164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Regiments at Scottsville (within shouting distance of this marker); A City of Tents (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ebenezer Dumont (about 700 feet away); Lilly’s Artillery (about 800 feet away); An Army in Crisis (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Army Restored (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scottsville, 1862 (approx. ¼ mile away); County Named, 1815 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsville.
Also see . . . William Alonzo Wainwright Quartermaster Records, 1862–1869 (pdf file). The Indiana Historical Society (Submitted on July 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.