This enlisted men's barracks was constructed during the Army's first occupation of Fort McKavett, in the 1850s, but was used in the post-Civil War period as well. Mattresses filled with straw are shown rolled up on the beds, with blankets folded on top. Heat was generated in two fireplaces, one at each end of the barracks. The fireplace in this photograph displays a reproduction Plains Indian war shield. Cabinets above the beds are for individual storage.
Photo by Steve Dial.
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