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Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Officers Row

Surgeons, Chaplains, and Captains Awash in Controversy

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Officers Row Marker
Inscription.  
Officers Row was a group of seven to ten non-descript log structures providing housing for officers and their families. They were probably a combination lumber, log, canvas, and dirt construction with one room, seldom larger than 24 by 30 feet. These were the last living quarters built at the fort. Officers were expected to ensure that their men’s quarters were complete prior to building their own quarters.

In the military culture of the time officers and their families were considered of a higher social order than the enlisted men. They were expected to remain aloff from their command except during duty and never socialize with the enlisted men. Among the officers, the numerous social events included dances, picnics, teas, horse rides, and more.

Fort Phil Kearny was assigned a contingent of 16 to 20 officers in ranks from lieutenant to colonel. Unfortunately, half of these men were on detached duty elsewhere. Occupations on post ranged from Company Commanders to Quartermaster and Surgeon to Chaplain. There is a record of considerable infighting among these men. The main controversy was whether to go on the attack or just defend
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Officers Row Marker
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against the Native American’s actions. Strong feelings developed, some officers supporting Carrington and other supporting Fetterman before and even after the Fetterman disaster. This division of purpose effected the men’s activities at the fort and far into their future.


 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 44° 31.943′ N, 106° 49.629′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located inside Fort Phil Kearny. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Touring the Fort (a few steps from this marker); Protecting the Travelers or the Garrison? (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Phil Kearny (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cemetery Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fort Kearny Sawmills (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bozeman Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of a Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
 
More about this marker. A map showing the Officer Quarters Locations in relation to the marker and an Artist Concept of Temporary Officer’s Quarters at the fort can be found at the bottom of the marker. Elsewhere on the marker are portraits of people who served or lived at the fort including: Capt. W.J. Fetterman, Capt. Fred Brown, Lt. George Grummond, and Francis Grummond.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Officers Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Officers Row Marker
 
Marker at Fort Phil Kearny image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Marker at Fort Phil Kearny
Marker can be seen at the center of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 204 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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