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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Post Trader

(Sutler's Store)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Post Trader Marker
Inscription. The equivalent of the modern army post exchange, the post trader offered for sale items not supplied by the army – toilet articles, sewing supplies, tobacco, medicinal cure-alls, fresh vegetables, canned fruits, and a wide variety of knick-knacks. The fort's women shopped here for all domestic supplies.

At each post, the trader enjoyed a monopoly. Before and during the Civil War, most military sutlers were regarded as swindlers. However, military reform in 1867 brought in more responsible and respected shopkeepers. Fort Bowie's trader, Sidney DeLong, typified that new breed: a true gentleman; the fort's ranking civilian; and a territorial leader.

In DeLong's two south rooms, officers met to play billiards and cards, to drink and talk. His bar on the north side provided enlisted men with beer and a brief respite from the day's military regimen.
 
Location. 32° 8.679′ N, 109° 26.24′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 1 miles south of Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the second Fort Bowie site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. If you are unable to hike the 3.0 mile round trip trail,
Post Trader Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Post Trader Marker
check the park website for alternate access directions. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Storehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Fort Bowie (about 500 feet away); First Fort Bowie (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Barracks (about 600 feet away); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 700 feet away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
Post Trader image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Post Trader
Photo displayed along Fort Bowie Trail. image. Click for full size.
circa 1885
4. Photo displayed along Fort Bowie Trail.
Post Trader is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 339 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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