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Kingston in Roane County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Soldier’s Barracks #8

 
 
Soldier’s Barracks #8 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
1. Soldier’s Barracks #8 Marker
Inscription.  
A log structure was one and a half to two stories high. The overall size is 43 ft. by 22 ft. including a 5 ft. porch. The roof is covered with wood shingles. A two sided fireplace is centered to allow equal heat distribution. A minimal of two glass windows and two doors were installed. Wall plaster was common in some of the buildings. A low ranking officer would stay in the barracks with the soldiers who slept two per bunk.

Another important building feature was the placement of numerous small holes cut into the walls called ‘gun portals’. These would be on the external facing side of the structure walls to allow the firing of weapons if so needed.

Another feature was a cellar with entrance on the exterior side of the building. This was perhaps a storage area for goods that would be distributed to the Indians. Locating the entrance on the outside would limit access inside the fort. The cellar was probably accessible from the inside through a trap door or steps.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative Americans.
 
Location.

Soldier’s Barracks #8 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
2. Soldier’s Barracks #8 Marker
35° 51.639′ N, 84° 31.745′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Tennessee, in Roane County. Marker can be reached from South Kentucky Street (State Highway 58) north of Shannon Place, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located within Fort Southwest Point. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1226 S Kentucky St, Kingston TN 37763, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Privy 9 (a few steps from this marker); Court Martial of Private Abraham Setts (a few steps from this marker); Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #6 (a few steps from this marker); Command and Administrative Building #3 (a few steps from this marker); Quartermaster’s Supply Building #15 (a few steps from this marker); Pillory (a few steps from this marker); Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #14 (a few steps from this marker); Carpenter and Tack Building #7 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
Fort Southwest Point image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
3. Fort Southwest Point
Fort Southwest Point image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, November 7, 2020
4. Fort Southwest Point
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 10, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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