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Officers quarters, Fort Abercrombie
Officers quarters, Fort Abercrombie
TitleOfficers quarters, Fort Abercrombie
Date of Original1870?
CreatorMorrow, Stanley J.
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionSeveral men, women, and children stand on the porch in front of the officers quarters at Fort Abercrombie. A ladder leans against the side of the building, and all of the windows on the end of the building are open.
Ordering Information
General SubjectMilitary
Historic sites
Subject (LCTGM)Forts & fortifications
Military facilities
LocationFort Abercrombie (Abercrombie, N.D.)
Item Number00670-35
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryKnown historically as "the Gateway to the Dakotas" Fort Abercrombie was the first permanent United States military fort established in what was to become North Dakota. It was also the only post in the area to be besieged by Dakota (Sioux) warriors for more than six weeks during the Dakota conflict of 1862. During the Dakota Conflict, Minnesota Volunteer soldiers manned the fort when area settlers sought shelter there. The "regular" U.S. Army soldiers had been withdrawn during the Civil War and had been replaced by the Minnesota Voluteer Infantry. The fort was not protected by blockhouses or a palisade during the siege, but these defensive structures were constructed soon afterward.
External Resource
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionS.J. Morrow Photograph Collection 00670
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00670-35)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh0067035
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