• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    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.


Washer Women182… Four women will be allowed to each company as washer-women, and will receive one ration per day each.

183… The price of washing soldiers' clothing, by the month, or by the piece, will determined by the council of administration

184… Debts due the Laundress by soldiers for washing, will be paid, or collected at the pay-table, under the direction of the captain.

202… In all cases of transfer, a complete descriptive roll will accompany the soldier transferred; which roll will embrace an account of his, clothing, and other allowances; also all stoppages to be make on account of the Government, and debts due the Sutler and laundress; as well as such other facts as may be necessary to show his character and military history.

216… An apprehended deserter, or one who surrenders himself, shall not receive pay; and shall receive only such clothing as may be actually necessary for him while waiting trial. If convicted of desertion, the expense of his apprehension and other stoppages for the United States, and for the laundress, must be deducted from his future earnings in the order above stated.

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Did You Know?

Col. George Croghan

Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.