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

Kitchen and Mess Hall

Simple food, simply prepared

 
 
Kitchen and Mess Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
1. Kitchen and Mess Hall Marker
Inscription.  Each company had its own dedicated kitchen and mess hall where cooks, often soldiers themselves, prepared and served meals for the enlisted soldiers. Meals revolved around limited food supplies-mostly beef, bread, and canned goods but a garden provided some fresh foods.

"He (Captain Granger) has repeatedly made efforts for a garden: and the past season by great labor, has succeeded in supplying his men with melons, and summer vegetables to a considerable extent. But all the plants had to be watered by hand."
- Inspector-General Joseph Mansfield, November 20, 1860


images: Comugnero Silvana, Baharlou, Fotolla: Falls Creek Suttlery

 
Erected by Fort Lancaster State Historic Site.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureForts and Castles. A significant historical date for this entry is November 20, 1860.
 
Location. 30° 39.944′ N, 101° 41.798′ W. Marker is near Sheffield, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker can be reached from Fort Lancaster Road, half a mile north of Vera Cruz. The marker
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is located in the southwest 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. Company H Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Bakery (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruins of Fort Lancaster (within shouting distance of this marker); Laundresses (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Fort Lancaster (about 400 feet away); Officer's Quarters (about 400 feet away); 'Quarter-Master' (about 500 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 13, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Kitchen and Mess Hall ruins and the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
2. The Kitchen and Mess Hall ruins and the Marker
The view of the Kitchen and Mess Hall ruins and marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 2, 2022
3. The view of the Kitchen and Mess Hall ruins and marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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