Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Civil War Town
"If you have reinforcements...send them forward. The point to defend Fort Leavenworth is in the neighborhood of Fort Scott."
General Jim Lane to the commander of Fort Leavenworth, 1861
The army had vacated Fort Scott in 1853, but the Civil War brought it back in force. The Union used the Fort Scott area to recruit and train soldiers and supply forces in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
Union facilities encompassed a large area in and around Fort Scott, and included warehouses, a hospital, military prison, and cemetery. Fort Scott gave vital support to Union victories that prevented Confederate raids and campaigns elsewhere in the Western theater.
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The original post hospital (building with large porch) and guardhouse (far right) appear in this 1860s photo, taken shortly after the Civil War. During the war the Union leased these buildings and many others from the "old" fort.
The magnitude of the army's presence at Fort Scott during the Civil War is illustrated by this 1862 ad (right), which the army used to procure feed for its animals.
In 1863 Union officers mapped their positions around Fort Scott (above). Lieutenant Charles Porter indicated the extent of Union positions in his October 1863 report: "This
Erected 1998 by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 50.573′ N, 94° 42.326′ 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 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. Fort Scott Yesterday (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (within shouting distance of this marker); Star Clothing House (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Hotel: Symbol of Strife (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Fort Scott (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); C. F. Drake Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 802 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.