The Guardhouse

The Guardhouse (HM28D9)

Location: Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Gillespie County
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N 30° 14.945', W 98° 50.714'

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Army Discipline

This stone building, with walls eighteen inches thick, is the only original structure of Fort Martin Scott. It was built in 1849 out of native limestone, and served as the post's guardhouse where soldiers were jailed for crimes and misbehavior.

Army discipline was strict and punishment for infractions was severe. In one court martial case, Private W. Walters was charged with desertion of his post. He was found guilty and sentenced to fifty lashes with a rawhide whip on his bare back, hard labor while tethered to a ball and chain, and suffered forfeiture of pay and allowances for six months. Another enlisted man, Private E. Hughes, was found guilty of habitual drunkenness. As punishment, he forfeited all pay, was branded with a two-inch letter "D" on his right hip, (thieves received a "T"), and was drummed out of the service.

Punishment differed dramatically between enlisted men and officers. Captain W. Saunders was charged with embezzlement of public funds and threatening a sergeant. He was found guilty of the latter charge and was only suspended from rank and command for two months and publicly reprimanded.

Other punishments included fines, reductions in rank, hanging by the thumbs, wearing the barrel, dishonorable discharge, and confinement in the guardhouse.
HM NumberHM28D9
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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 514889 N 3346396
Decimal Degrees30.24908333, -98.84523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 14.945', W 98° 50.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 14' 56.7" N, 98° 50' 42.84" 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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