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Ft. Fetterman Wyoming

Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:40 pm

Fairly recently I posted a thread on Ft. Reno ( viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11399&hilit=Ft.+Reno#p101800 ) and on Ft. Phil Kearny ( viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11373 ) Here's another one that's similar, the well known post of Ft. Fetterman, which figured prominently in the Indian Wars on the Northern Plains in the 1870s.

Not much of Ft. Fetterman is left. Not because it was burned down, such as Ft. Reno, but because settlers and ranchers carted pieces off to use. The buildings you see today were rebuilt by the State. This is a Wyoming State Park.

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Parade Ground at Ft. Fetterman, facing north.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:43 pm

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Post Traders Store.

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Remains of structures near post traders store.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:44 pm

Parade ground, southwest corner.

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The building in this photo was reconstructed, and is one of the few structures on location.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:49 pm

Infantry barracks on the western edge of the post. I can't read the sign in the background, but cookhouses were located behind the barracks in this location, and the sign may depict one.

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The view back towards the east.

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View of the parade ground, looking toward the southeast
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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:50 pm

The Bozeman Trail:

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:52 pm

Stables and shops:

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Location of the stables.

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Location of the shops.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:55 pm

Structures on the northern edge of the post, north of the Bozeman Trail:

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Cistern.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:58 pm

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Ferry location.

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Hog ranch location. While not noted on the sign, at least one soldier drowned attempting to swim to it.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:59 pm

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:02 pm

Crook in 1876. Crook started his 1876 campaign from here.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:05 pm

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Looking back at the post from the northern edge of it.

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Officers Quarters, northern edge of the parade ground.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:08 pm

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Officers Quarters, Eastern edge of the parade ground.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:12 pm

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Looking out toward the north eastern part of the post, from the southeastern part of the parade ground.

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Route of telegraph line.

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Supposed route of wagon road, but line of site leads to a post structure.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:16 pm

Hospital. Typical for 19th Century Army post hospitals, it was put quite some distance from the post, no doubt to try to keep the sick away from the well.

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Ordnance storage, also outside the interior of the post a bit.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:24 pm

The Post Cemetery.

The hospital was quite some distance from parade ground, but nowhere near as far away as the cemetery. The cemetery was on a distant hill, which must have made for some of a grim horizon for the post.

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Looking back on the post, from the cemetery.

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Two tombstones for soldiers who lost their lives at Ft. Fetterman. Presumably the bodies have been removed, as with all other Frontier military posts.

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Ft. Fetterman became a town after the Army abandoned it, although it faded away after the rail line went through nearby Douglas. Nonetheless, the Army cemetery remained a used civilian cemetery for quite some time.

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The grave of an "old time" cowboy. He was only 24 years old when he died.

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The grim reality of 19th and early 20th Century lives. Two young children of the same parents.

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Post by Trooper » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:30 am

Thanks for posting the photos Pat :thumbup: :thumbup:
It is great to see Fetterman again.
Nothing much has changed since 1976 except that it is much better sign posted now and so must be easier to understand than it was then.
I have a mule shoe from the site and like to think that it is a relic of Crook's pack train.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:25 am

Trooper wrote:Thanks for posting the photos Pat :thumbup: :thumbup:
It is great to see Fetterman again.
Nothing much has changed since 1976 except that it is much better sign posted now and so must be easier to understand than it was then.
I have a mule shoe from the site and like to think that it is a relic of Crook's pack train.
The state has done a good job with signage in recent years at this, and other posts. It does really aid in understanding what's being looked at.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:57 am

Bumped up due to related thread.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:10 am

Pat Holscher wrote:Crook in 1876. Crook started his 1876 campaign from here.

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See today's history item.
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Post by Trooper » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:00 pm

Apropos another thread, this campaign ended with "The Horsemeat March".....
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