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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Scott
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2010
"A Most Deplorable Condition" Marker
“I have now over 200 in camp, and they are in a most deplorable condition….I have a mother with her dying babe in my office. The rest are in camp, in a condition next to death. Most of them have no shelter….Your agent here has no funds, . . . — — Map (db m36270) HM|
| "But remember this, I am a girl, but I can fire a pistol and if ever the time comes I will send some of you to the place where there is [sic] 'weeping and knashing of teeth'...."
Gene Campbell, in a letter to James Montgomery, . . . — — Map (db m54075) HM|
| "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 . . . — — Map (db m36137) HM|
Look at the structures around the parade ground. Fort Scott’s appearance is largely the work of one man, Captain Thomas Swords, post quartermaster from 1842 to 1846. Shortly after the army assigned Swords to Fort Scott, he vowed that he would . . . — — Map (db m36185) HM|
Civil War Dead
An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . — — Map (db m108813) HM|
| The back yards of Fort Scott's officers' quarters provided officers and their families private space that was not available to enlisted men. Back yards were the site of diversions such as gardening, gossiping, and entertaining.
Archeology has . . . — — Map (db m36146) HM|
|Constructed, owned and operated by C.F. Drake as the Bank of Ft. Scott from 1886 to 1905. Later used as real estate, commercial & retail offices. — — Map (db m44165) HM|
|Const. as a mercantile building by Charles F. Drake and occupied by a variety of retail stores and professional offices since 1886. — — Map (db m44163) HM|
Today when we get hurt, we can call an ambulance and get whisked away to the hospital quickly. During the Civil War, they did not have the luxuries we do today. In the beginning of the war, there were not enough ambulances to carry all the . . . — — Map (db m128668) HM|
| "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 . . . — — Map (db m36273) HM|
To Honor All Combat
We were boys and we were young
We became men on that hill we overrun
Some of us lived, many of us died
For a moment with us abide
And join in prayer with me
To honor those of the combat infantry . . . — — Map (db m44169) HM|
This statue commemorates the life and legacy of David Lee Regan, the longtime coach who started the Fort Scott High School baseball program in 1990.
With ordinary means, Coach Regan was an extraordinary man who touched the lives of numerous . . . — — Map (db m82234) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m44122) HM|
[Title is text] — — Map (db m80196) HM|
"A profusion of vegetables - beets, carrots,
onions, potatoes, beans, turnips, and
tomatoes - were harvested from (fort)
'Broadax & Bayonet,' Francis Paul Prucha
General order - "To promote the . . . — — Map (db m128650) HM|
|This western outpost, named for General Winfield Scott, was established by U.S. Dragoons in 1842. The fort was located on the military road that marked the "permanent Indian frontier" stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana and stood midway between . . . — — Map (db m78770) HM|
Fort Scott tells America's story during a critical time in its growth. When the fort was established, most of the nation's population lived east of the Mississippi. However, soon soldiers from Fort Scott would be part of westward . . . — — Map (db m128757) HM|
|Main marker upper
The men in whose honor this
monument is erected were led by
the fires of Liberty.
They fought for no North, no
South, no East, no West, but for
one glorious and united country.
carving of G.A.R. . . . — — Map (db m22172) HM|
This National Cemetery
has been listed in
The National Register
Department of the Interior — — Map (db m61520) HM|
Civil War Fort Scott
Fort Scott, founded 1842, was named for former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, Gen. Winfield Scott. The army abandoned the fort in 1853, but the Civil War prompted federal troops to return in 1862. Fort Scott . . . — — Map (db m108814) HM|
| In memory of
Spanish American War Veterans
1898 -- 1902
One hundred percent volunteers — — Map (db m21795) HM|
| "The site selected is a ridge seventy or eighty feet high projecting like a wedge into a dry timbered bottom....A fine stream of water flows at its base....We designated [the site] Camp Scott, and would respectfully suggest that the post...be . . . — — Map (db m36305) HM|
If you had been an African-American student standing here around 1950, you would have been facing your school, the Hawkins School (above). This school was part of a continuum of African-American education that began with the Civil War and . . . — — Map (db m36269) HM|
Gordon Parks was born on November 20, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas to Sarah and Andrew Jackson Parks. Gordon wrote, "Poppa was a dirt farmer who farmed mostly dirt, but he kept us alive and taught us about love and devotion." The youngest of 15 . . . — — Map (db m128781) HM|
Homecoming [Side A]
This small town into which I was born, has, for me, grown into the largest, and most important city in the universe. For Scott is not as tall, or heralded as New York, Paris or London - or other places my feet have . . . — — Map (db m79845) HM|
|The blood that flowed in Kansas before and during the Civil War nourished the twin trees of Liberty and Union. — — Map (db m20284) HM|
In honored memory of those from Bourbon County who gave their lives
In memory of those who gave their lives that our nation might live.
[The marker lists the veterans who lost their lives in World War . . . — — Map (db m20286) WM|
|who gave their lives in battle May 18, 1863 near Sherwood, Missouri
Henry Aggleson Pvt Co F
Greene Allen Pvt Co H
John Booth Pvt Co H
Edward Cockerell Pvt Co E
William Grisby Pvt Co D
Frank Haze Pvt Co F
Milton Johnson Pvt Co I . . . — — Map (db m116815) WM|
This reconstructed infantry barracks, one of two at Fort Scott, serves to remind us of life for an infantry soldier here in the 1840s and 50s.
During wartime, infantry fought on foot, but during peacetime, life in the infantry meant isolation, . . . — — Map (db m36186) HM|
|Queen Anne adaptation Ingham home for 80 years, site of family plumbing business succeeded by MacDonald's Shoe Shop. — — Map (db m57725) HM|
1905 - 1906
First State Vice Regent
of Kansas Society
Daughters of the
American Revolution — — Map (db m44173) HM|
1st Lieut. William D. Hawkins
United States Marine Corps
Born: Fort Scott, Ks April 19, 1914
Battle of Tarawa: November 20-21, 1943
Buried: Punch Bowl National Cemetery, Hawaii
Private George F. Pond
Co. C, 3rd . . . — — Map (db m66811) WM|
Memorial Hall was
constructed and dedicated to
"Those men and women who gave their lives
serving our country in World War I"
Memorial Hall is rededicated to
"All of the men and women who have served,
are now . . . — — Map (db m20309) WM|
Dedicated this day, June 2003
In memory of
John F. Benage, MD
The cross was originally donated by
Dr. and Mrs. Benage
To Mercy Hospital in 1989
"The cross should be a sign of hope and not of despair.
It reminds us that Jesus Christ . . . — — Map (db m99464) HM|
|Named for Rose Miller. Pressed Metal Facade. Roof Top Gazebo. Italian Renaissance Style. — — Map (db m44159) HM|
Classic Revival - built for $20,000. Residential and retail bldg. for I.W. Moody owner Ft. Scott Granite & Marble Works
Building listed on the National Register of Historic Places — — Map (db m57765) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m61466) HM|
| The quartermaster was the officer responsible for a multitude of functions needed to run a military post, including supply, subsistence, construction, and repair. Most of his operation took place here, in the area called the quartermaster complex. . . . — — Map (db m36171) HM|
| To see evidence of the rigid military caste system in the Old Army, compare the substantial homes along Officers Row in front of you to the enlisted men's barracks behind you. A soldier's rank determined his position both professionally and . . . — — Map (db m36135) HM|
|Newspaper & commercial office building of Mr. Joseph Ralph Richards attorney, author, businessman & historian — — Map (db m57727) HM|
Sisters of Mercy
of Kansas in 1886 — — Map (db m80416) HM|
1863. — — Map (db m44129) HM|
|Originally one story clothing store. Star pattern repeated in window keystones. Second floor added 1891 became bordello. — — Map (db m57766) HM|
"Every military post shall have one Sutler, to be appointed by the Secretary of War."
General Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1841
About 100 yards in front of you an engraved stone marks the location of Fort . . . — — Map (db m128685) HM|
| "The immediate site of the post...opens out rapidly to the south in a beautifully undulating prairie."
Assistant Surgeon Joseph K. Barnes, describing the Fort Scott landscape in 1862.
Walk this short trail and imagine "the most . . . — — Map (db m36166) HM|
| "Fort Scott can boast of the handsomest Square in Kansas Territory."
Fort Scott Democrat, praising the town plaza, April 5, 1860
The grassy square in front of you silently witnessed events that defined Fort Scott and that . . . — — Map (db m36285) HM|
| The miniature house was built in 1927 by the park caretaker, E.V. Kelly. It was one of his many winter projects. He traveled to Mapleton, Kansas to find the perfect rocks for the walls.
His daughters, Nadine and Jenny, spent many enjoyable hours . . . — — Map (db m53288) HM|
Downtown Fort Scott
Historic downtown Fort Scott has roots in a time when it was the last stop before the frontier. Initially comprised of former fort buildings, it soon transformed into a lively downtown commercial district. New permanent . . . — — Map (db m128766) HM|
|One of the oldest existing mid-nineteenth century buildings. Const. by B.P. McDonald. — — Map (db m44167) HM|
After the army sold Fort Scott in 1855, the infantry barracks located here (reconstructed in front of you) became the pro-slavery Western Hotel. The building across the parade ground directly behind you became the anti-slavery Free State Hotel. . . . — — Map (db m36272) HM|
| "Bathing is promotive both of comfort and health; and where convenience for it are to be had, the men should be made to bathe at least once a week. The feet are to be washed at least twice a week."
1841 Army Regulations
This foundation, . . . — — Map (db m36168) HM|