• 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.

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Windows to the Past

Fort Scott NHS announces distance learning programs that can be accessed via videoconferencing. The site has equipment that can be used to teach lessons to classes throughout the nation. Current lessons developed are listed below, however, the staff is willing to work with you to develop lessons suitable to your needs.

If you have requests or ideas for education programs, contact the site's education coordinator Barak Geertsen. To schedule a program, call 620-223-0310.

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    “They Fought Like Tigers” African American Soldiers and American Indian Soldiers

    “They Fought Like Tigers” African American Soldiers and American Indian Soldiers

    African American soldiers were not officially mustered into service with the U.S. Army until after the Emancipation Proclamation became official in January 1863. American Indian soldiers were organized into units in 1862 in an effort to regain their homelands in Indian Territory. The effect of these soldiers on the nation would be wide spread and long lasting. Their bravery ultimately helped to guide a nation toward equality for all.

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    Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

    Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

    Most of us today would not want to go the hospital if we could help it, because we associate hospitals with sickness and injury. However, because these two conditions occur with a great degree of regularity, hospitals often become a necessity to help us recover. During the Civil War, soldiers and civilians attached similar meanings to hospitals-a place of suffering, yes, but also a place of healing and recovery.

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    Supplies, Survival, and Success: Civil War Quartermaster

    Supplies, Survival, and Success: Civil War Quartermaster

    In our modern world, many of us have come to rely on transportation systems and the operation of stores and warehouses in order to provide us with food, clothing, and other essentials for survival. During the Civil War, Fort Scott played a similar role as a supply depot that was critical to the survival and success of Union soldiers in the area.

Did You Know?

General Winfield Scott at the time of the Mexican American War

The fort was named for General Winfield Scott, who was the commander of all American armies in the 1840s. General Scott was none too happy about it and said that it was done without his knowledge and against his wishes.