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

Barracks

 
 
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By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
1. Barracks Marker
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This building is listed on early maps and drawings of Fort Abercrombie as a barracks. Barracks were the living quarters for the enlisted soldiers at Fort Abercrombie. The front of the building had two squad rooms where the soldiers slept. Each squad room could accommodate up to thirty-two men.

The back of the building (shown in the side view above) held the kitchen and dining areas where the soldiers would eat. In 1868, Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner stated that this barracks was being used to house Indian Scouts.

This 1862 drawing of Fort Abercrombie shows two sets of barracks to the right of the flagpole and officers' quarters to the left of the flagpole. Notice the label pointing to this barracks. You are standing where the tip of the label is pointing. The layout of buildings is typical of frontier forts with officers' quarters and enlisted men's barracks facing each other across a central parade ground.

Infantry Private

Privates were the lowest-ranking enlisted men serving at Fort Abercrombie. This illustration shows an infantry private carrying all the necessary equipment
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By Connor Olson, June 14, 2021
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for an extended campaign. On his left hip you can see his canteen and bayonet. In his right hand he holds a rifled musket. He carries a knapsack on his back which would contain items such as a blanket, food and extra clothing. The forage cap and the sack coat he wears are part of the typical fatigue (work) uniform worn by enlisted men from the Civil War until about 1872.
 
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 46° 26.707′ N, 96° 43.065′ 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. Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannon Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Carpenter Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Abercrombie (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Commissary Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital / Lieutenant’s Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abercrombie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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