“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Abercrombie in Richland County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)


Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
1. Magazine Marker
Inscription.  A magazine is a building used to store gunpowder and ammunition. This drawing shows what Fort Abercrombie's magazine may have looked like in the mid 1860s. Fort Abercrombie's first magazine was a brick building 14 feet wide and 34 feet long. During its history, Fort Abercrombie had two different magazines. This was the site of the first magazine. The magazine used later at Fort Abercrombie sat behind the guardhouse.

At a typical frontier fort, the magazine was placed some distance away from the other buildings. Locating the magazine away from other buildings reduced the risk of damage or injury in the event of an accidental explosion. Magazines were often designed with thick walls made of brick or stone and had lightweight wooden roofs. If there was an explosion, the force of the blast would be directed upward through the roof rather than outward.

Ordnance Sergeant
The ordnance sergeant was responsible for all weapons, ammunition, and military stores kept at a military fort. His position was unique because there was only one ordnance sergeant assigned per military post. His assignment was usually

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Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
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permanent. Unlike other troops that might transfer from one fort to another, ordnance sergeants often served their remaining years in the army at one fort.

The ordnance sergeant's uniform is trimmed with crimson. His rank is indicated by three chevrons with a star above. As a senior noncommissioned officer he is entitled to wear a red sash. On his hat is a flaming bomb insignia.
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureForts and Castles.
Location. 46° 26.643′ N, 96° 43.145′ W. Marker is in Abercrombie, North Dakota, in Richland County. Marker is on Broadway North (County Highway 4) near Abercrombie Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 Broadway N, 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. Surgeon’s & Chaplain’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Laundresses Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutler / Post Trader (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Abercrombie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters (about

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300 feet away); Guardhouse (about 400 feet away); Hospital / Lieutenant’s 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 57 times since then and 3 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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