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Abercrombie in Richland County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Surgeonís & Chaplainís Quarters

 
 
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Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
1. Surgeonís & Chaplainís Quarters Marker
Inscription.  This two-story building was completed in January of 1870 as officers' quarters. An 1871 map of Fort Abercrombie shows this building being used as quarters by the surgeon and the chaplain. In addition to treating the sick, the surgeon reported on the living conditions at the fort and made observations on the environment around the fort. These reports are useful to modern historians because they provide details about the diet, health, and living conditions of soldiers during that time period.

Surgeon
The surgeon was the chief medical officer at a frontier fort. His main duty was treating the sick very morning when the bugler sounded sick call, soldiers requiring medical attention would report to the hospital to be examined by the surgeon. Depending on how sick they were, a soldier might be treated and released, given light duty, or perhaps admitted to the hospital.

In this illustration the surgeon is shown wearing a dark blue cloak coat. This was the regulation overcoat used by officers. It was closely patterned after overcoats worn by officers in the French army.
 
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Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
2. Site of Surgeonís & Chaplainís Quarters
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesScience & Medicine. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1870.
 
Location. 46° 26.651′ N, 96° 43.152′ W. Marker is in Abercrombie, North Dakota, in Richland County. Marker is on Broadway (County Road 4) near Abercrombie Street, on the left when traveling north. Located at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 Broadway North, Abercrombie ND 58001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Laundresses Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutler / Post Trader (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Fort Abercrombie (about 300 feet away); Guardhouse (about 400 feet away); Hospital / Lieutenantís Quarters (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abercrombie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 2, 2023