Post by Diane Merkel on Apr 12, 2007 16:43:15 GMT -5
You might like this historic homes tour article for your next visit to Fort Leavenworth:
The 30th annual Historic Homes Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21. This year 13 homes, Memorial Chapel and the Frontier Army living history encampment are featured on the tour.
* * * Memorial Chapel - This chapel was built by inmates under the direction of Col. Asa P. Blunt, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in 1878. Limestone quarried from the post was used in its construction. It was not originally intended to be a "memorial" chapel, but after news of the defeat of the 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn (June 25, 1876) reached Fort Leavenworth, plans were made to honor those who fell at the famous battle. The first memorial plaques placed on the chapel walls are dedicated to some of the fallen men. Subsequent plaques tell a moving history of Fort Leavenworth and its Soldiers. The brass cannons on the walls inside the chapel are 12-pound mountain howitzers used from 1840-1880. For many years this chapel served as the place of worship for most denominations on the fort. It is now used for Lutheran and Episcopal services, as well as weddings.
Diane, thanks for the reminder. I have the meeting/invitation somewhere in my Inbox to give to the wife (she goes for the houses stuff more than I.)
Coincidentally, I was just thinking on the drive home from L'worth last night that it would be interesting to get over to the museum and get & post copies of photos they have of 1860's & 1870's buildings/houses that were at Ft. L'worth.
Billy (Who doesn't have a white horse named Mesquilito but does have a white pick-up truck which answers to anything.)
Post by bradandlaurie on Sept 30, 2007 21:59:18 GMT -5
Laurie and I went there last July and had an incredible time. The funny thing was we had to go through the whole Post-911 security screening before we got it but then we pretty much had the run of the post. Yes, Tom Custer is buried there and Laurie made a point of him. It seems like he can still get the attention of women from beyond the grave.
My only disappointment was I really wanted to see if they had a Gatling Gun to photograph in their museum. They only had a Gatling Gun carriage - not the weapon itself. Then later in the same trip we get to Fort Laramie and they have some interesting ordnance there. They also had a Gatling Gun carriage but not the weapon!
I'm going to write the NPS people at Fort Laramie to see if they know when they might get the weapon for the carriage. Life can be full of so many frustrations for ordnance freaks...