Soldier’s Barracks #5
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 this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. 35° 51.651′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Federal Fort in Tennessee (a few steps from this marker); Blockhouse #10 (a few steps from this marker); Carpenter and Tack Building #7 (a few steps from this marker); Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #6 (a few steps from this marker); Fort Privy 9 (a few steps from this marker); Fort Southwest Point (a few steps from this marker); Fort Privy 12 (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith Building #7 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
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 94 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.