Storewide sale-15% off
Fort Scott's bookstore, operated by Western National Parks Association, will be participating in Mistletoe on Main Street, a downtown shopping event on December 12 from 5- 8 p.m. The site will be offering 15% off all items in the store.
Civil War Encampment
Fort Scott National Historic Site in historic Fort Scott, Kansas, invites you to experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Throughout that weekend re-enactors will recreate the activities of the Union Army and civilians of Fort Scott in 1863. One hundred and fifty years ago, three years into it, any thoughts of the war being short and bloodless had evaporated. By then, Fort Scott had become a major supply depot, training center, and headquarters for the Union Army as well as a bustling frontier town.
A full schedule of activities is planned to carry you back to that critical time in our nation's history. At 9:00 am on both days join the Infantry and Cavalry in a salute as they raise the 34-star garrison flag above the fort. Browse the period-correct military camp and talk to the soldiers to learn about the hardships of war. Witness the precision as the Infantry marches in formation to the tap of the drum and the Cavalry drills their horses on the fort's parade ground. Experience the sounds and smells of black powder weapons being fired as the units prepare to fight. Take time to visit the United States Sanitary Commission Camp and learn how the women of the community supported the war effort. While there, both young and old can join the ladies in preparing gift boxes for the soldiers.
At 12:30 pm on Saturday, two prominent historians Todd Mildfelt and Dave Schafer will present "Journey of a Jayhawker: The Anti-Slavery Career of James Montgomery." Montgomery, a radical abolitionist, led free-state forces on raids into the pro-slavery stronghold of Fort Scott during the era of "Bleeding Kansas," In 1863, Montgomery fulfilled a long-held dream when he recruited and commanded one of the Civil War's first black regiments. Mildfelt, a history teacher, will be signing copies of his books, The Secret Danites: Kansas' First Jayhawkers and Wagon Train to Freedom. Schafer, formerly a park ranger at Fort Scott National Historic Site, currently works as Chief Ranger at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.
Saturday's activities continue with, "As They Were: Details of the Union Soldier" at 3:00 pm. The programs will cover, in depth, such topics as the soldiers' uniform, knowledge of farming and livestock, and military accoutrements. The day's activities will culminate at 6:30 pm with a period tableau. This common 19th century entertainment form is much like a play with a narrator providing the dialog rather than the actors. Fort volunteers Susan and Abby Anderson have written the original performance entitled "A Fast Town-Fort Scott in 1863". It will highlight significant events effecting both military and civilians at Fort Scott during the midway point of the war.
Sunday will feature "Bugs, Not Bullets" at 10:00 am. This Civil War medical talk will focus on medical problems encountered by soldiers of Fort Scott while serving here as well as in the field. Come join in a period Church Service at 11 am Sunday, on the fort's parade ground. Army drill and historic weapons firings will once again be featured Sunday afternoon.
The schedule of activities is listed below:
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
*Book Signing following program
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge. For further information call 620-223-0310.
Did You Know?
During their free time, the officers enjoyed hunting. Captain Swords wrote "everybody here is hunting mad, hunting and dogs constitute their thoughts by day and dreams by night" Of another officer, Swords said that "wolf chasing and duck hunting" were the only things that reconciled him to the place