The Iron Heel of War
It was said that the "iron heel or war left its impact on Fort Scott" during the Civil War. During the war, Fort Scott was an important millitary base, serving as a supply depot and a recruitment center for the Union Army. Many refugees came to Fort Scott seeking food, shelter, protection, and medical care. Some of thes refugees ended up becoming soldiers. In this program, students participate in four activities that simulate the experience of refugees who become soldiers during the Civil War.
Did You Know?
Soldiers at Fort Scott formed the first "rainbow coalition" during the Civil War. African American, American Indian, and Euro American soldiers fought in this area. Many, including the First Kansas Colored, Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and elements of the Indian Home Guard trained at Fort Scott.