• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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    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.

Stables - Tools of the Trade

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The tools or props that would be used in the stables would include the following:

  • Hoof Pick- a flat-edged metal hook used to clean the hooves of horses and mules.
  • Curry Comb- a wooden, rubber or metal oval comb with rows of dull teeth which is used to clean a horse's, mule's or ox's coat.
  • Brush- used to brush dust and sweat from the horse's coat and mane
  • Rub Rag- used to remove sweat and moisture from the horse's coat.
  • Whisp- a tool to clean and curry the horse's mane and tail hair. Picture of horse stall with a manger for hay and open window for fresh air.
 
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  • Frock Coat - used by dragoons during stable duty.
  • Head - used in drill known as "running at the heads".
  • Hay and Manure Forks and Rakes - Used for cleaning out and putting hay back in stalls.
  • Stable Brooms - For sweeping floors.
  • Shovels - For scooping manure out of stalls (not pictured).
 
Stable Tools TubWheelbarrow
 
Dragoon Saddle
  • Tack - includes saddles, halters, and bridles.
  • Utility Tub - used for various chores.
  • Wheelbarrow

 
 
Horse in Grass
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Did You Know?

Reenactors portraying the First Kansas Colored at a Civil War Encampment at Fort Scott in April of 2003

Kansas was the first Union state to recruit, muster, train and send African American soldiers into combat during the Civil War. The First Kansas Colored Infantry mustered in at Fort Scott, Kansas on January 13, 1863. The unit compiled a proud combat record during the war.