• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Children's Activities - 1847 Regulations


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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A coyote in Kansas

During their free time, the officers enjoyed hunting. Captain Swords wrote "everybody here is hunting mad, hunting and dogs constitute their thoughts by day and dreams by night" Of another officer, Swords said that "wolf chasing and duck hunting" were the only things that reconciled him to the place