Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation Part 5

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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 throughout the plains in the second half of the 19th century.

One of the first buildings built at the fort was the “guard house.” This was similar to a jail and was for soldiers who broke the rules. Minor offenses were punishable by hard labor, while the guard house was for perpetrators of major crimes.  The types of crimes provide a window into fort life.



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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

3 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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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 2
    Video: An examination of the lives of women at Fort Buford.
  3. 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?

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

  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.