Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 2

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Fort Buford was established at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers in the late 1860s, where it served a major role in the Great Sioux War.  Life at the fort was typical of similar forts througout the plains in the second half of the 19th century.

The U.S. Army hired single women to become “laundresses” at the military forts in the West. These women were considered part of the army and lived on the fort. Soldiers would court laundresses and together they would have social events.  Officers’ wives and children could also live at the fort.



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Producer

Bob Dambach, Gerald Newborg (Producers); D. Geck, R. Cadwell, T. Jensen, L. Wested, R. Hamner, H. Deutscher, T. Haugen, S. Gebeke (Videographers).

Source

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation [Documentary]. USA: Prairie Public Broadcasting (2003).

Grade Level

1 - 8

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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  1. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 1
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    An introduction to Fort Buford, located at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.

  2. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 3
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    What was it like to be a private at Fort Buford in the late 1800s?

  3. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 4
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    Surgeons’ records at Fort Buford provide another perspective of life at the fort.

  4. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 5
    Video: Crime and punishment was part of life at Fort Buford.
  5. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 6
    Video: The fort traders complex was one of the most popular places of the fort.
  6. Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 7
    Video: The letters from the commanders at Fort Buford reveal another side of life at the fort.