• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas


Refugees at Fort Scott during the Civil War. Some of the many people who influenced Fort Scott's history.

People of Fort Scott during the Civil War.

Artist, Hugh Brown

Part of the story of Fort Scott is the story of the people who lived in the area; people who often had incompatible goals. This incompatibility often resulted in conflict, but sometimes led to greater understanding and acceptance. Two groups in particular who were disdained by many, through their courage and determination earned respect. American Indians and African Americans at Fort Scott played a role throughout Fort Scott's history and ended up as soldiers fighting alongside some of the people who had doubted their abilities. Some of their stories can be explored in the following pages.

Did You Know?

The Courier, by Gary Hawk. Artwork shows no wall around Fort Scott

Fort Scott never did have a wall around it. It was built upon a bluff which had three steep sides and opened up to prairie in a gradual slope on the south. Many forts were not built with walls at the time; the fort with a stockade is more a product of Hollywood mythology than actual fact.