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Fort Stockton in Pecos County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Enlisted Soldier

 
 
The Enlisted Soldier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 3, 2022
1. The Enlisted Soldier Marker
Inscription.  Enlisted men, the work force of the fort, lived in five adobe barracks on this side of the parade ground. Fort Stockton had both foot soldiers (infantry) and mounted soldiers (cavalry).

During the fort's early years, the soldiers patrolled the wild mountains and canyons of the surrounding country searching for bandits and Indians. Daylight often found the soldiers on the march or in the saddle; nights were spent sleeping on the ground.

A routine day at the fort began with the sounding of reveille at 6 am. The day was filled with work details and drills. A dress assembly at sunset ended the workday with lights out at 9:30 pm. When not on duty, soldiers had little to do at small frontier outposts. Fort Stockton was, at that time, 370 miles from the nearest important town, Fredericksburg.

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Upper Right: Except for wood and windows, the buildings were made from local materials; adobe bricks were molded from the soil; limestone was quarried for the foundations, and originally, the roof was thatched with reeds, called tules, from the nearby creek.
Lower Right: Each of the buildings
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used as barracks held about fifty men. The large open room was warmed by a central fireplace and lighted by candles. The men slept on straw-filled mattresses in wooden bunks, two men to each. Their furniture consisted of a few crude tables and chairs made by the men. Living conditions were cramped and only the company sergeant had a private room at one end of the barracks.
 
Erected by Historic Fort Stockton.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 30° 53.263′ N, 102° 52.504′ W. Marker is in Fort Stockton, Texas, in Pecos County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East 5th Street and Orient Street. The marker is located in the eastern section of Historic Fort Stockton by Barracks 1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Stockton TX 79735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hovey School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Stockton Guard House (about 500 feet away); "Officer's Row" (about 500 feet away); "The Old Fort" (about 500 feet away); Fort Stockton Officers' Quarters (about 500 feet away); St. Stephens, Hovey School, Rollins Sibley House (about 600 feet away); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
The Enlisted Soldier Marker and the visitors center (Barracks 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 3, 2022
2. The Enlisted Soldier Marker and the visitors center (Barracks 1)
(about 600 feet away); Comanche Springs Pool & Pavilion (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Stockton.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Fort Stockton. Fort Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau (Submitted on July 7, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Barracks 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 3, 2022
3. Barracks 1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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