Fighting boredom at the fort

Early life at Fort Scott was filled with boredom, with a desertion rate as high as 16 percent. The fort's history includes a variety of Civil War-era uses, including training Black soldiers for the Union, as a supply depot, military hospital and prison.

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July 26, 2021 - 9:59 AM

The Fort Scott Historic Site is a historical area under the control of the U.S. National Park Service in Bourbon County. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

Monotonous …

The plains perfectly still as the clock strikes slowly.

Such was early life at Fort Scott for most soldiers, who were cranky from living in tents, and with only the occasional prostitute or whisky-peddler to liven things up.

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