The Dragoon Stables at the Fort Scott national historic site in the southeast Kansas city also named Fort Scott. Named for U.S. general Winfield Scott and established in 1842, the fort became a staging ground and safe haven during the "Bleeding Kansas" years before and during the U.S. Civil War of the 1860s, when the area was a nominally free border state battleground between forces favoring and opposing slavery. It was also a treasured stop on the Santa Fe Trail from western Missouri to the New Mexico capital of Santa Fe. Dragoons were mounted infantrymen who dismounted to fight. Photo by Carol Highsmith, 2021.
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