• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Guardhouse - Tools of the Trade

Leg Irons and Hand Shackles

The following tools or props would be found at the guardhouse.

Hand Shackles-similar to handcuffs.

Leg Irons-A ball and chain used to keep soldiers from running off.

 
Forms of punishment

Log- A form of punishment where a soldier had to stand and hold a log on his shoulder. (not shown)

Barrel-This was another form of punishment where a soldier had to stand on a barrel for an unspecified amount of time.

Sawbuck-Soldiers straddled a sawbuck like they would a horse with their arms shackled behind them and their legs tied around the beam.

 
Platform bed and Gun Rack

Platform Bed-A wooden platform where the guards could rest when not on patrol, but they could rest here only during the day.

Gun Rack-A place where guards rested their guns when not on patrol

 
Leather Fire Buckets

Leather Buckets-Used to extinguish fires. One of the duties of the guards was to watch for prairie fires and to sound the alarm in case of fire. All guards on duty would then form a bucket brigade to fight the fire.

 
 

Did You Know?

Reenactors portraying the First Kansas Colored at a Civil War Encampment at Fort Scott in April of 2003

Kansas was the first Union state to recruit, muster, train and send African American soldiers into combat during the Civil War. The First Kansas Colored Infantry mustered in at Fort Scott, Kansas on January 13, 1863. The unit compiled a proud combat record during the war.