Fort Scott continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: August 10, 2012

Contacts: Galen Ewing, (620) 223-0310, galen_ewing@nps.gov


From Enlistment to Grave: A Fort Scott Soldier in the Civil War

Fort Scott – Fort Scott National Historic Site continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an evening tour on Saturday, August 18.

Patriotic zeal led young men across the nation to enlist and join the fight. Many believed the war would be short and decisive. Yet by mid-1862 the unthinkable specter of a long, drawn out conflict had become reality. As casualties mounted and the war dragged on, Americans were forced to reexamine why they fought. The moving story of Private Adam Martin, one of Fort Scott’s own, will be the focus of the evening’s activities.

Adam Martin willingly answered the call to serve his country. In September 1861 he joined the 6th Kansas Cavalry as it was mustered into service at Fort Scott. Barely a year later, in November 1862, his mortal remains were carried to the Fort Scott National Cemetery for interment. His story, with some variation, was the story of hundreds of thousands of Americans between 1861 and 1865.

During the tour, reenactors will create five different scenes following Private Martin from his initial enlistment through his untimely death. Scenes will include civilians joining the Union military; women providing gifts to their protectors; camp life along the Marmaton River; visiting the surgeon at the hospital, and final words of comfort offered over the loss of Private Martin.

The tour begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, outside the site’s visitor center. There is no admission charge for the tour. Another evening tour featuring a different topic will be offered on September 15.

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the site at 620-223-0310 or visit our web site at www.nps.gov/fosc.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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