Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Compare this barracks building to the other soldiers’ quarters in the casemates. At first glance this might look like a far more pleasant environment than the dark casemates. However, look at the gaps in the walls and consider how cold it would get in the depths of winter. The casemates may be dark and enclosed, but this means they are better insulated.
Some regiments of the fort were normally not allowed to keep fires going overnight, but here it was essential over winter to stop people from freezing to death.
“As this Garrison is not as well supply’d with Bedding as it ought to be there is a Necessity . . . in this Severe Season of the Year to keep Fire in their Barracks all Night so that the Ordinary practice of putting the Lights out . . . cannot be Comply’d with.”
Lt. Col. Marinus Willett, Garrison Orders, February 24th, 1778
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 12.637′ N, 75° 27.306′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Artillerymen (here, next to this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters (here, next to this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (a few steps from this marker); Family Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Suttler (a few steps from this marker); Commandant’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Missionary’s Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Orderly Room (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
More about this marker. A picture on the marker depicts several men coping with the cold in the soldiers’ quarters at Fort Stanwix.
Also see . . . Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.