Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This reconstructed infantry barracks, one of two at Fort Scott, serves to remind us of life for an infantry soldier here in the 1840s and 50s.
During wartime, infantry fought on foot, but during peacetime, life in the infantry meant isolation, routine, boredom, and unappealing work. Tasks of building and maintaining Fort Scott’s structures, and the Military Road, fell largely to the infantry.
But war broke the routine. In 1845 the army dispatched infantry from here to defend Texas. During the Mexican War (1846-1848) men from Fort Scott fought with distinction, and some died, at places life Molino del Rey, Churubusco, Monterrey, and Vera Cruz.
For Fort Scott the Mexican War was a major step toward obsolescence. Land gained as a result of the war accelerated America’s westward growth, and doomed forts like Fort Scott, which had been built to guard the “permanent” Indian frontier.
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July 21, 1845 - Company C, 1st Infantry (above), prepares to embark on their long journey to join General Zachary Taylor's Army of Observation in Texas, then on to Mexico.
Other infantry replaced Fort Scott's departed units, manning the fort throughout the war. They continued to work on building and repair, tasks that slowed but did not stop during wartime.
Erected 1998 by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, and the Fort Scott, Kansas series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1842.
Location. 37° 50.603′ N, 94° 42.249′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Fort Boulevard. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Scott National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Crack Post of the Frontier" (a few steps from this marker); Quartermaster Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Where Was the Bathroom? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Free to Learn (within shouting distance of this Fort Gardens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (about 300 feet away); Rank, Privilege, and Officers Row (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
Also see . . .
1. Infantry Life at Fort Scott. (Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The U.S.-Mexican War. (Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.