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Near Sheffield in Crockett County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Hospital

Life at the fort had its share of injuries

 
 
Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
1. Hospital Marker
Inscription.  The post hospital was an adobe structure with a dispensary, storeroom, and a small three-bed ward. There was also an attached kitchen building. The hospital staff included a civilian surgeon, a hospital steward, a nurse, a matron, and a dedicated cook. The surgeon lived in the officers' quarters nearby.

"The hospital is a very poor adobe building, braced up on one end... The dispensary and storeroom are one and in good order - wardroom only big enough for three beds - supplies ample. I condemned sundry stores and medicines as worthless and worn out."
- Inspector-General Joseph Mansfield, November 20, 1860


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The Field Surgeon's Tools and Medicine
These are typical tools and medicines that would have been used by Asst. Surgeon George Taylor in 1856. A field surgeon typically treated pneumonia, dental work and the occasional gunshot or arrow wound.

images: Dr. Michael Echols collection, Society for Historical Archaeology

 
Erected by Fort Lancaster State Historic Site.
 
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these topic lists: Forts and CastlesScience & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is November 20, 1860.
 
Location. 30° 40.108′ N, 101° 41.785′ W. Marker is near Sheffield, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker can be reached from Fort Lancaster Road, half a mile north of U.S. 290. The marker is located in the northeast section of the fort. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 Fort Lancaster Road, Sheffield TX 79781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Lancaster Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commissary (about 400 feet away); Sutler's Store (about 500 feet away); Company K Barracks (about 500 feet away); Officer's Quarters (about 600 feet away); Battle at Fort Lancaster (about 600 feet away); Lime Kiln (about 700 feet away); 'Quarter-Master' (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield.
 
More about this marker. The ruins of the fort and the markers are located on the grounds of the Fort Lancaster State Historic Site which requires a small entrance fee to access.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Lancaster State Historic Site. Texas Historical Commission (Submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
2. Hospital Marker
The view of the Hospital ruins and Marker from the pathway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
3. The view of the Hospital ruins and Marker from the pathway
The Hospital ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
4. The Hospital ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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