• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Post Sutler-Tools of the Trade

Sutler Display Display BinsBottlesBoxesShelvesBarrelsCounter

The tools of the sutler's trade that are on display in the sutler store at Fort Scott include the following:

  • Counter and Shelves-For displaying his goods.
  • Boxes and Barrels-For storing foodstuff and other items.
  • Checkerboard-Since the sutler's store was also a recreation room for the soldiers, most sutlers had checkerboards and pool tables.
  • Chalkboard-For displaying prices.
  • Scales-For weighing all items sold in bulk-nails, hard candy, etc.
  • Ledgers-Probably the most valuable of the sutler's tools were his ledgers, which he used to keep track of what goods he sold, and how much he was owed by individual soldiers.
 
 
Sutler images Chalkboard with pricesSutler with ScalesSutler with Ledgers
 
 
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Did You Know?

Free State Hotel at Fort Scott, directly across from it was the Western or ProSlavery Hotel

Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.