• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Children's Activities - 1847 Regulations

Children

There are no regulations in the 1847 Army General Regulations regarding children. Children were an integral part of life at the fort. Officers and their wives and laundresses brought their children with them to the frontier. The children received some schooling; those of the lower class helped with chores, and they explored, fished, hunted and played.

Having the children at the fort would have made army life more bearable for the parents stationed here but undoubtedly, added some anxiety for the children's safety and well-being.

 
 
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Did You Know?

Montgomery's Raid on Fort Scott

Politics made strange bedfellows. John Little, a proslavery man, was shot to death at his father's store, by free state men who raided Fort Scott in December 1858. A friend, George Crawford, a free state man, was staying with Little that night. Crawford had once been the target of proslavery men.