• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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  • Exhibits Closed

    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.

Shared Stories of the Civil War


Battle of Mine Creek

Andy Thomas

Fort Scott National Historic Site invites the public to attend "Price's 1864 March through Missouri," a free guided reading and discussion activity on Saturday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the site's Grand Hall.

By the autumn of 1864, the Civil War had raged for more than three years, devastating much of the American countryside and inflicting suffering on a scale never witnessed in United States history. With a presidential election on the horizon, former Missouri governor and Confederate general officer Sterling Price made a bold decision to try to turn Northern support against Lincoln by invading Missouri and enabling the state to formally secede from the Union just before the vote. While Price's Raid failed to achieve that goal, it resulted in the largest Civil War battle in Kansas as Union forces pursued the fleeing rebel army and caught them at Mine Creek.

Hear compelling first person accounts of that traumatic time along the Kansas-Missouri border when the war's outcome remained uncertain and the town of Fort Scott was threatened. Thousands were mobilized for this clash of titans that would turn the tide of war in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The program is free and the Grand Hall is mobility-impaired accessible. Assistive listening devices are also available.

Did You Know?

A coyote in Kansas

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