October 31, 1862, Daily Times (Leavenworth, Kansas)
An article recently appeared in the Bulletin making very unfair statements about Fort Scott and the Government attaches at that post. It charges that the Fort “consists of some half dozen dilapidated wooden sun houses situated on an open prairie and not protected by fortifications, nor natural position,” “that the situation is unhealthy,” “that there is no good reason for continuing the post, except for the benefit of certain military gentlemen, who are pecuniarily interested therein,” “that it is situated only one hundred miles from Fort Leavenworth and therefore it is useless to make reshipment of supplies at that point.”
These statements are in the main grossly incorrect. Fort Scott consists of some of the finest, most spacious, and solid Government storehouses in the Western country. These structures afford the amplest room, and a security to the supplies stored in them equal to the best buildings at Fort Leavenworth. We are informed by gentlemen of high military skill that the location is admirably adapted to defense. The Army of the Frontier, which now numbers nearly 30,000 well disciplined troops, constantly covers the position from all danger of attack. In the successful management of an army of that size, reason indicates and experience demonstrates, that their base of supplies must be much nearer than the distance now intervening between the army and Fort Leavenworth. Fort Scott is the natural base, it has the facilities, and an abundance of supplies should be concentrated there.
The unhealthiness of the location is a mere theory of some medical quack. The sickness there is not any greater, in fact is not as great, as the average posts in the west.
As to the charge that the Fort is continued for the benefit of certain military gentlemen, we believe the statement to be wholly unfounded. We are creditably informed that a high officer of the Government, who has recently made a thorough examination of the management of affairs at that point, reports that everything is admirably conducted upon principles of economy and with a view to the public interests and wants.
If the advice of the Bulletin is followed and Fort Scott abandoned, the whole southern country will be abandoned. Desert that important post and Southern Kansas will be deserted by its inhabitants. Fort Scott must be held at all hazards, or the whole country south of the Kansas river will become a desert.