The Guardhouse, 1849-1871

The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 (HM13FV)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.342', W 94° 25.761'

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The guardhouse, constructed in 1849, was a focal point of daily activity at the second Fort Smith. Not only did the men assigned to guard detail operated out of this building, but the officer of the day, who was responsible guardhouse was also the place of confinement for soldiers under arrest for such offenses as drunkenness, desertion, or fighting.

The Guard Mount, or changing of the guard ceremony, occurred here once a day usually about 9:00 a.m. At the time, the old guard detail would be inspected and mustered out, and the new guard detail would be inspected and mustered in. Members of the guard detail served as sentries throughout the fort grounds, at each gate, and watched prisoners in the guardhouse.
HM NumberHM13FV
Placed ByFort Smith National Historic Site National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370185 N 3917124
Decimal Degrees35.38903333, -94.42935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.342', W 94° 25.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 20.52" N, 94° 25' 45.66" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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