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

Hospital / Lieutenant’s Quarters

 
 
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Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
1. Hospital/Lieutenant’s Quarters Marker
Inscription.  This building first served as Fort Abercrombie's hospital. After the completion of a new hospital in 1867, Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described this building as having six rooms for Lieutenants' quarters. Behind this building was a long low building that housed the kitchens for these officers' quarters.

Here you see an enlarged portion of a pencil sketch showing Fort Abercrombie as it looked in 1875. Notice how the headquarters building, officers' quarters and lieutenants' quarters have been connected together. Behind the lieutenants' quarters you can just make out the roof of the officers' kitchens.

Calvary Lieutenant

This lieutenant is wearing a mounted-style overcoat for protection against a cold Dakota winter. Lieutenants were the lowest ranking officers in the army. Their basic job was to assist the captain with the command of the company. Being a lieutenant in the frontier army was similar to on-the-job training. Notice the yellow hat cord and the crossed sabers on this lieutenant's hat. The color yellow and the crossed sabers indicate that this lieutenant serves in the cavalry.
 
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Hospital/Lieutenant’s Quarters Marker and Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
2. Hospital/Lieutenant’s Quarters Marker and Site
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 46° 26.726′ N, 96° 43.141′ W. Marker is in Abercrombie, North Dakota, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Broadway North (County Road 4) near Abercrombie Street. 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. Commissary Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Abercrombie (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barracks (about 300 feet away); Carpenter Shop (about 400 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 47 times since then and 10 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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Dec. 8, 2022