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.50-70 Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

.50-70 Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
These .50-70 cartridges were recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County at the Enlisted Men's Barracks. Both were recovered in the vicinity of the Enlisted Men's Barracks. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


Finial from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Finial from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This finial was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County in the vicinity of the Officer's Quarters. A finial is an ornamental piece generally at the top of an object. This one may have been at the end of a flag staff. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


General Order No. 1, 18th Kansas Cavalry

General Order No. 1, 18th Kansas Cavalry
Creator: Moore, Horace L. (Horace Ladd), 1837-1914
Date: July 17, 1867
This order for the 18th Kansas Cavalry, located at Fort Harker, regulates the maintenance of cavalry horses. Fort Harker was established to provide protection for the Kansas Stage Line and the military supply trains traveling the Smoky Hill Trail and the Fort Riley Road. As stated in the order, these regulations are essential because "the efficiency of every cavalry command depends much upon the condition of its horses."


General Service Buttons From Fort Wallace, 14WC303

General Service Buttons From Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
These buttons were recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. They are of a size likely to have been used on a jacket front or cuff. The larger button has a back mark for the 1860s button manufacturers Horstmann and Company of New York and Philadelphia. The smaller button's back mark listed Scovill and Company of Waterbury, Connecticut (1840-1850). Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


History of Kansas and emigrant's guide

History of Kansas and emigrant's guide
Creator: Chapman, J. Butler
Date: 1855
The title page of the printed volume indicated that it contained "a description geographical and topographical--also climate, soil, productions and comparative value with other states and territories, including its political history, officers-candidates-emigrant colonies-election, abolition, squatter and pro-slavery contentions and inquisitions; with the prospects of the territory for freedom or slavery." Mr. Chapman was a resident of the territory and the information in the booklet was compiled by traveling through Kansas Territory in 1854. The description covers most of the territory and includes information about Native American tribes and lands.


Hole-in-top Can from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Hole-in-top Can from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This hole-in-top can fragment was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. The tin can was filled through a large hole in the top. After filling, a cap was soldered into place with lead and a pin-hole opening left for steam to vent. This final hole was also sealed with lead. Archeologists can learn much from a discarded can, such as the occupants eating habits, finances, and trading patterns. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


Insignia from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Insignia from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This brass insignia was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. Insignia are badge-like distinguishing marks of military rank or office. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


Kansas : early routes, old trails, historic sites, landmarks, etc.

Kansas : early routes, old trails, historic sites, landmarks, etc.
Creator: Root, George A. (George Allen), 1867-1949
Date: 1939 December
This map, created by George Allen Root and later reproduced by the Kansas Turnpike Authority, depicts trails, landmarks, and historic sites in the state of Kansas. The original map was compiled by George Allen Root and delineated by W. M. Hutchinson from information obtained from the Kansas State Historical Society.


Mill in Salina, Kansas

Mill in Salina, Kansas
Creator: Leonard & Martin
Date: 1879
This stereograph shows a mill along the Smoky Hill River in Salina, Kansas.


Spenser Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Spenser Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
These Spenser cartridges were recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County at the Enlisted Men's Barracks. All are unfired, but each cartridge has been sliced open, suggesting the powder may have been used as fire starters. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


Toy Wheel from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Toy Wheel from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This toy wheel was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County in the vicinity of the Officer's Quarters. As this toy testifies, some officers and enlisted men brought not only their wives, but also their children to the frontier forts. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


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