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    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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  • Exhibits Closed

    Beginning Monday August 25, the infantry barracks museum will be closed for remodeling and to prepare for a new theater and exhibits. Work is expected to be completed by spring of 2015. The site's movie will be played in the visitor center upon request.

Conflict on the Border

The programs on this page are available to upper elementary and middle school students (grades 4-8) The school programs listed on this page could be done at any time of year except for during special events and the spring education programs (Sweep Through History, Life on the Frontier). The programs geared toward 6-8 are not offered during A Sweep Through Hisotry. The programs that are geared toward 4-8 are offered as part of Sweep Through History, but could also be presented seperately. . Each program runs from 30-45 minutes,

Schools can choose which program they would like to have presented. Two or more prorgrams may be presented to your school, dependent on staffing levels. Call 620-223-0310 to schedule and customize your program.

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    (1840s) A Hearty Grip: Fort Scott Soldiers in the Mexican-American War

    (1840s) A Hearty Grip: Fort Scott Soldiers in the Mexican-American War

    So Far From God, So Close to the United States" was the quote that one Mexican leader used to describe his perspective on the Mexican American War. The Mexican-American War led to the acqusition, by the United States, of the American Southwest. Troops stationed at Fort Scott were involved in every major campaign of that war. This program explores the ways in which those soldiers participated.

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    (1840s) A Map Changed by Destiny: Fort Scott and Westward Expansion

    (1840s) A Map Changed by Destiny:  Fort Scott and Westward Expansion

    In the 1840s, Westward Expansion proceeded at an astronomical rate. In less than a decade, land comprising Texas, the American Southwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest all came under control of the United States. Soldiers at Fort Scott had participated in military missions that helped bring that about. By the end of the decade the map of the nation had changed dramatically as the nation fulfilled its' Manifest Destiny of stretching from coast to coast.

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    (1840s) Heartache and Tragedy: Fort Scott and Indian Removal

    (1840s) Heartache and Tragedy: Fort Scott and Indian Removal

    In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the removal of native tribes living east of the Mississippi River. Many of the tribes had firm roots in their homes in the east and resisted the move West. Some were removed by military force which resulted in tragic consequences. This program explores the catastrophe of Indian removal.

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    (1840s) Trails of the Dragoons: Patrolling the Overland Trails

    (1840s) Trails of the Dragoons: Patrolling the Overland Trails

    The U. S. Army stationed dragoons at Fort Scott to limit westward expansion, but the events they participated in during the 1840s had the opposite effect. Established as peacekeepers and protectors, dragoons became agents of American expansion, power and destiny. The events in which they were involved in during the 1840s opened up the frontier for westward expansion, for the benefit of some and to the detriment of others.

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    (1840s) Trails of Tragedy: Three Stories of Indian Removal

    (1840s) Trails of Tragedy: Three Stories of Indian Removal

    Prior to became a atate, Kansas was part of Indian Terriitory, which also included Oklahoma and Nebraska. Several Indian tribes in the East were moved to the area forcibly. For many tribes, their forced relocation resulted in tragic consequences. This program examines the stories of three of those tribes that were relocated to the area around Fort Scott.

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    (1850s) Montgomery's Raid: Bleeding Kansas Play

    (1850s) Montgomery's Raid: Bleeding Kansas Play

    In 1858 Fort Scott, proponents of pro and anti slavery factions clashed here over an issue whose ramifications continue to resonate in today’s society. the climax of that year was a raid in December 1858 instigated by James Montgomery for the purpose of freeing one of his men from prison. The raid and its aftermath are portrayed in this program.

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    (1850s) Scenes From 1858: Bleeding Kansas Tableau

    (1850s) Scenes From 1858: Bleeding Kansas Tableau

    A variety of emotions and viewpoints about the issue of slavery engulfed the nation in the first half of the nineteenth century. These viewpoints collided in Kansas during the l850s, which led to a series of violent acts in and around Fort Scott in 1858. This program brings some of those moments of 1858 to life as students act out various scenes from that year.

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    (1850s) Your Day in Court

    (1850s) Your Day in Court

    In 1856, free state men in Bourbon County were driven from their lands by extreme pro slavery advocates, known as "Border Ruffians" When the free state men retruned to their claims, the next year, they found pro slavery men already living there. Disputes over land ownership were taken to the Third Judicial District Court in Fort Scott. One such case was that of Southwood vs. Stone. Southwood was a pro slavery preacher who had moved onto land previously occupied by Stone. Trouble ensued.

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    (1860s) A Most Diverse Army

    (1860s) A Most Diverse Army

    Fort Scott was the scene of one of the most diverse assemblage of soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War. The First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment, which was the first African American regiment to be victorious in combat, was mustered in at Fort Scott in January of 1863. Three regiments of American Indians were also formed in this area. Challenges and victories experienced by both African American and American Indian soldiers are explored in this program.

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    (1860s) Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

    (1860s) Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

    During the Civil War, over 600,000 soldiers died. Two thirds of these died due to disease, the other third died of combat wounds. Many of these soldiers could have been saved with modern knowledge in techniques. During this program, students will explore theories and treatments of diseases and surgical techniques during the era. Students pretend to be patients, acting out symptoms, and undergo simulated treatment and mock surgery.

Did You Know?

Free State Hotel at Fort Scott, directly across from it was the Western or ProSlavery Hotel

Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.