• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Quartermaster - Tools of the Trade

Supply Room

The tools or props on display at the Quartermaster Storehouse include the following:

Barrels and Boxes-Nearly all food supplies, including Salt Pork, Salt Beef, and Bacon were shipped and stored in barrels. Other supplies were stored in wooden boxes

Office with Desk and Shelving for Forms

Office Furniture-Desks, tables and chairs were provided in the quartermaster office, so as to provide a space for the paperwork required to run the quartermaster operation.

Quill Pen and Ink Well-For filling out forms.

Forms-The quartermaster was constantly filling out forms. Forms had to be filled out to requisition supplies, when supplies were issued, and for inventory purposes. Everything in the quartermaster storehouse had to be strictly accounted for.

Supply Wagon

Wagon-Wagons delivered supplies regularly. In addition to the wagons, the quartermaster also maintained a wagon shop, a blacksmith shop, and stables for horses, mules, and oxen.

Scale for weighing items in quartermaster storehouse.

Platform Scales-For weighing supplies

Nails-Square nails made 1840s style. The quartermaster was responsible
for the fort's construction and would have had a good supply of nails and other construction materials on hand.

Square nails like those used in 19th century
Barrels in Quartermaster
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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.