The Sutler's Store

The Sutler's Store (HM5OO)

Location: Vancouver, WA 98661 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 37.563', W 122° 39.952'

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Until the late 19th century, the U. S. Army awarded sales commissions to civilian traders, known as sutlers. Each post or regiment was authorized to appoint one. Described as "a combination of saloon keeper and general store operator," the sutlers supplied troops with goods and food to supplement army rations.

The first sutler at Vancouver Barracks was Elisha Camp, who came with the 4th Infantry in 1852. By all accounts, Camp rana profitable enterprise selling diverse items such as coffee, flour, liquor, tobacco, crockery, wool socks, and toothbrushes. However, after less than a year in Vancouver, his store mysteriously "exploded." Camp returned to the East Coast leaving behind at least one unhappy investor: a young Brevet Captain named Ulysses S. Grant. A successor soon rebuilt the store, and the sutler tradition continued until being replaced by a post canteen, the first in the military.
HM NumberHM5OO
Placed ByVancouver National Historic Reserve
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:49pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 526046 N 5052554
Decimal Degrees45.62605000, -122.66586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 37.563', W 122° 39.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 37' 33.78" N, 122° 39' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 638 Hathaway Rd, Vancouver WA 98661, US
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