The Barracks

The Barracks (HM28D7)

Location: Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Gillespie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 14.938', W 98° 50.782'

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Enlisted Men at Fort Martin Scott

Hot and crowded in the summer, cold and drafty in the winter, the enlisted men's quarters faced north and were across the parade ground from Officer's Row. Each of the four sparsely furnished barracks had three rooms and could house a company of infantry or dragoons. A mid-nineteenth century infantry company in the US Army had forty-two privates, four corporals, four sergeants, and three commissioned officers totaling fifty-three men.

Three of the enlisted men's barracks were constructed of logs while one was a jacal (a hut of Mexican origin with a thatched roof and walls made of upright logs chinked with mud). For warmth, the soldiers relied upon one pot-bellied, wood burning stove per barrack, often woefully inadequate for heating a large space.

An enlisted man's day began at 0530 (5:30 a.m.) and was filled with such duties as policing the grounds and stables, gardening, collecting wood and water, cooking meals, and maintaining post buildings. For the enlisted man in the US Army in the 1840s and 50s, life on a frontier post was often repetitious and tiresome with only the occasional patrol in the countryside to break the monotony.
HM NumberHM28D7
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Date Added Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 514780 N 3346383
Decimal Degrees30.24896667, -98.84636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 14.938', W 98° 50.782'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 14' 56.28" N, 98° 50' 46.92" W
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Area Code(s)830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1618 E Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624, US
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