Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release
Contact: Barak Geertsen
Phone: (620) 223-0310
Date: June 11, 2012
Tragedies of Fort Scott’s History Highlighted in Evening Tour on Saturday, June 16
Fort Scott, KS: “Today is a great day for great rejoicing with us-as a thinking man, I never doubted this day would come, ” Thus were the words of William Matthews, an African American captain in the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry
Regiment, on the day that the acceptance of African Americans in the U.S. army became official..The story of the 1st
Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment, the first African American unit to engage the Confederates in combat and the high casualty rate they suffered, will set the stage for one of the scenes in an evening tour at Fort Scott National Historic
The tour features tragedies of Fort Scott history. During the tour, reenactors will create five different scenes in which soldiers or citizens of Fort Scott met violent deaths. Scenes will include patients dying in a Civil War hospital (1864), a drunken soldier who killed a corporal in a fight over a dog, (1846), and the accidental shooting death of an officer (1845). At each scene, visitors will hear voices from the past. Some of these incidents involve mysteries that
have never been fully explained.
The tour will be held on Saturday, June 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. just outside the site’s visitor center and there is no charge for the tour. This will be just the first in a series of evening tours planned for this summer. Other evening tours
featuring different topics will be offered on July 21, August 18, and September 15 of this year.
Fort Scott National Historic Site is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge. For more information call 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc and www.nps.gov.