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Old Mar 14, 2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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On my way back to Dallas from Lubbock, Texas, I made a stop at the northern-most post used by the USArmy to defend settlors migratingboth north and westfrom indian attacks during the period 1867-1878, Fort Richardson in Jacksboro, Texas.

A good site dedicated to the park itself, which consists of much more than just the historical fort, is here..


One of the more violent indian attacks on settlorsduring the period Fort Richardson served as an active installation was the Warren Raid:


Military encounters with the indians and soldiers from the fort included the battle of the North Fork of the Red River, which today is the border between Texas and Oklahoma:


And the Battle of the Little Wichita:


The most noted of commanders at Fort Richardson was Ranald MacKenzie:


Several buildings from the fort survive today. Many of the structures at the fort, which were mostlymade from stone, were torn down by residents and merchants from nearby Jacksboro and used in houses and stores, but enough survives to make the fort a worth-while visit if you have an interest in this period of history.

All images shot at the fort were taken with the E520 and 12-60 f2.8-4 Zuiko.

This is looking northwest across the parade grounds to the post hospiotal. The building at the far right is the post bakery. The small building just visible behind the hospital is the morgue.

This next imagewas shot behind thehospital and looking north. The closest building is the bakery. The ruins just beyond the bakeryare ofthe guardhouse. There's enough left to see the four very small cells and guards office. The guardhouse was a busy place. During the 12 years the fort was in use, 646 soldiers deserted....this was not a great period of time to be living in this part of Texas, and conditions at the fort for the regular enlisted man were far from ideal.The far building was the magazine where all explosives and black powder were kept.

This next image was shot behind the hospital looking east towards the one remaining officers quarters, the only such building of its' kind still standing at any of these types forts in the country.

Historical marker fixed on the hospital that mentions the Warren Massacre and General William Tecumseh Sherman, who was visiting the various forts on in the plains at the time and just happened to be at Fort Richardson when it happened:

The building located directly behind the hospital, and one visited by many who needed the services of the hospital....the morgue. Medical services during the 1870's on the high plains was not *quite* what we expect today.

This was a late afternoon shot against the light, and the auto gradation of the E520 did a very nice job recording all the detail in both the shadows and highlights.

Last image I'll show here is a small cemetery located just behind the officers quarters. The cemetery for the solders who died while in service here no longer exists. All who served anddied at Fort Richardsonand were buried here were exhumed and re-buried at Fort Sam Houston in San Antionio during the 1880's after the fort was abandoned. These two graves were of small children of a teamster who hauled supplies to the post. They both died within two weeks of another from whooping cough during 1874.

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