Soldiers and slaves built more than 400 log huts for winter quarters. For the garrisoned soldiers working on the fort, time passed pleasantly enough. "We lived luxuriously in comfortable tents and log huts," stated one soldier. In addition to the government rations of flour, fresh and cured meats, sugar, and coffee, boats brought boxes from home.
Off-duty soldiers from the local area hunted and fished in the same locations they frequented not six months before as civilians. Sometime after the surrender, Federals burned the huts because of a measles outbreak.