Civil War Town

Civil War Town (HMO8G)

Location: Fort Scott, KS 66701 Bourbon County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 50.573', W 94° 42.326'

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"If you have reinforcements...send them forward. The point to defend Fort Leavenworth is in the neighborhood of Fort Scott."
General Jim Lane to the commander of Fort Leavenworth, 1861

The army had vacated Fort Scott in 1853, but the Civil War brought it back in force. The Union used the Fort Scott area to recruit and train soldiers and supply forces in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

Union facilities encompassed a large area in and around Fort Scott, and included warehouses, a hospital, military prison, and cemetery. Fort Scott gave vital support to Union victories that prevented Confederate raids and campaigns elsewhere in the Western theater.

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The original post hospital (building with large porch) and guardhouse (far right) appear in this 1860s photo, taken shortly after the Civil War. During the war the Union leased these buildings and many others from the "old" fort.

The magnitude of the army's presence at Fort Scott during the Civil War is illustrated by this 1862 ad (right), which the army used to procure feed for its animals.

In 1863 Union officers mapped their positions around Fort Scott (above). Lieutenant Charles Porter indicated the extent of Union positions in his October 1863 report: "This morning I was detailed as Officer of the Picket. My duty was to ride out to each station and learn the condition and reports from them....At dark I had made the circuit of 40 miles and was then 7 miles from the Fort."
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HM NumberHMO8G
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Year Placed1998
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 349943 N 4189753
Decimal Degrees37.84288333, -94.70543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.573', W 94° 42.326'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 34.38" N, 94° 42' 19.56" W
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Area Code(s)620, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Market, Fort Scott KS 66701, US
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