Storewide sale-15% off
Fort Scott's bookstore, operated by Western National Parks Association, will be participating in Mistletoe on Main Street, a downtown shopping event on December 12 from 5- 8 p.m. The site will be offering 15% off all items in the store.
Called the "red armed women of the west", laundresses scrubbed their way into history as they took on the task of keeping the army their whitest and their brightest. The laundresses were the only offically recognized women on the post. Laundresses received fifty cents per month from each soldier she washed clothes for. Since a laundress at Fort Scott typically washed clothes for 15 men, her salary averaged 7.50 per month.She also received free medical services and rations from the commisary. Laundresses could get extra pay for mending, caring for officers' children and other non-specified services.
These pages contain information about who the laundress was, laundry methods, soap making, etc.
At Fort Scott, evidence indicates that the laundresses had rooms in the barracks. Today, in the reconstructed dragoon barracks, one room is restored as a laundress quarters.
Those who were married might have stayed in tents with their husbands close to the riverbank, a situation which made their job easier. These rows of tents were often referred to as "soap suds row".
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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