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

The Magazine:

Storing Munitions and More

 
 
The Magazine: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. The Magazine: Marker
Inscription.
All military posts had a magazine for storing munitions. At Fort Phil Kearny the Magazine was 16 by 16 feet, with a 11 foot dirt covered ceiling and it was buried eight feet in the southwest quadrant of the parade ground. It is referred to in numerous historical records. Carrington shows its location on his as-built map, and he did a design for its construction. Samuel Gibson indicates its location on his map of the fort. Margaret Carrington described the location as “being in the center of one of the squares.”

There are many colorful accounts centered around the magazine. Colonel Carrington was constantly frustrated with his lack of munitions and the shortage of ammunition at the post. This became very apparent following the Fetterman Fight when men were sent to guard the stockade with only five rounds of ammunition each. When Carrington left the fort on December 22, 1866 to retrieve the bodies of Fetterman’s command he left secret instructions which Francis Grummond recounted. “If, in my absence, Indians in overwhelming-numbers attack, put the women and children in the magazine . . . . a last desperate struggle, destroy all together, rather than have any captured alive.

Results of the 1999 archaeological study provide no evidence of the magazine being in the southwest quadrant as historical records
The Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. The Magazine Marker
indicated. At present the magazine’s exact location is unknown, still one of the many unanswered questions about Fort Phil Kearny.
 
Location. 44° 31.889′ N, 106° 49.579′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from Wagon Box Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Phil Kearny. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Commander’s Quarters: (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cavalryman’s Quarters: (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quartermaster Corral: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers Row (about 400 feet away); The Civilians: (about 400 feet away); Lesson Learned (about 400 feet away); The Guard House: (about 400 feet away); The Hospital (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
 
More about this marker. Col. Carrington’s plans for the Magazine Construction appears on the left side of the marker. The right of the marker features a map showing the recorded location of the Magazine in the fort.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Marker in Fort Phil Kearny image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Marker in Fort Phil Kearny
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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