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The Barracks

The barracks functioned as the social center for the enlisted men of Fort Osage. This is typically where the men prepared and ate their meals, engaged in social activities such as music and singing, and read or wrote letters from home (if literate). Each hut or room of the barracks was composed of a “mess” or squad of 6-8 men. The mess was issued rations as a group, and generally, a couple of men in the mess would prepare meals on a rotating basis.

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
  1. The Garden
  2. A Missing Wall
  3. Blockhouse #4
  4. The Barracks
  5. The Artificer's Shop
  6. The Blacksmith’s Shop
  7. Blockhouse #3
  8. Blockhouse #2
  9. Officers’ Quarters
  10. Blockhouse #1
  11. The Flag Mast
  12. The Punishment Post
  13. The Interpreter’s Cabin
  14. The Factory
  15. Blockhouse #5
  16. The Front Gate
  17. The Missouri River and the Lewis & Clark Trail Marker