Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
“Hardy, Dashing Looking Fellows”
"The commands are given, the companies break into column....hardy, dashing looking fellows, those men, tanned up in their march from Fort Scott, from whence they have just joined us....The men are nearly all quite young....They are mounted on the best American horses, all of them being upwards of fifteen hands in height."
Lt. J. Henry Carleton, describing the departure from Fort Leavenworth of the 1844 expedition to Pawnee villages
In front of you stand the reconstructed barracks and stables of Fort Scott's dragoons. Forerunners of the cavalry, dragoons fought on horseback and foot.
Dragoons were assigned to Fort Scott to protect trade and enforce Indian policy. Each summer from 1843 to 1845, they patrolled the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, protecting travelers and contacting Indian tribes. In June 1846 they left here for the Mexican War, where they earned distinction at the battle of Buena Vista.
Dragoons of Company A (above) retrieve their mounts from the stables as they prepare to explore the Great Plains. Missions from Fort Scott into the Great Plains included one of the U.S. Army's first ventures into the Rocky Mountains.
Fort Scott's dragoons helped open the West and, ironically, hasten the end of the "Permanent Indian Frontier" for which the fort had been built.
Location. 37° 50.638′ N, 94° 42.31′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Fort Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Fort Scott National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rank, Privilege, and Officers Row (within shouting distance of this marker); "But I Can Fire a Pistol" (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Hotel: Symbol of Strife (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (within shouting distance of this marker); Back Yards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Crack Post of the Frontier" (about 400 feet away); Infantry Life (about 400 feet away); The Heart of Fort Scott (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
Also see . . .
1. The Dragoon Expeditions. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Life of the Dragoon Enlisted Men Bibliography. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Dragoons in the Mexican-American War. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Mexican-American • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.