• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Quartermaster - Overview

Imagine trying to fight a war without adequate supplies. Soldiers in tattered shoes, malnourished, and equipped with outdated or faulty equipment. The safe delivering those supplies would be of utmost importance to the efficient operation of the army.

In this building are housed the barrels and boxes that contained these important supplies. One side is set up as the quartermaster’s office and storeroom and the other side is setup as the commissary storeroom. As the name implies, the quartermaster was in charge of providing the army with quarters or buildings in which to live.The commissary or subsistence officer ran the other side of the building. He used it to store food rations and other supplies vital to the soldiers’ survival.

The program at this station could be given in one place at the quartermaster storehouse or could involve movement in the storehouse and include a visit to the quartermaster quadrangle. A wagon will be adjacent to the storehouse.

FSNHS staff and volunteers recreate a scene at the quartermaster storehouse.
Staff and volunteers at Fort Scott National Historic Site recreate a scene showing the loading of a wagon.
Taken by visitor-Doug Niemein-8-15-09
Barrels at Quartermaster
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Did You Know?

Officers Quarters that later became the Goodlander Home for Children

After Fort Scott was abandoned by the army in 1853, the buildings were sold at public auction, and the fort became the town of Fort Scott. One of the officers' quarters eventually became the Goodlander Home for Children. For about fifty years, orphans and other needy children were cared for here.