Learn How Skill is Better than Luck at the School of Artillery at Fort Scott NHS

Submitted by Bridget Mann, FSNHS

Recruits in the modern U.S. Army are known as “Army Strong.” At Fort Scott National Historic Site, we are looking for a few good recruits to become “Artillery Strong.” We want you to join a School of Artillery for anyone aged 16 and above. The training will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

During the program, site staff will train you in military deportment, marching and maneuvers related to the army presence at Fort Scott in the 1840s. The highlight though, will be the firing of the cannon. Those in attendance will receive instruction as “cannoneers.” The instructor will walk you through each position on the artillery crew and teach you to perform your duties with “speed and accuracy.” At the end of the training day, participants will then fire the cannon for the public.

We are looking to expand the ranks of our volunteer artillery crew. If you go through this training and meet all other qualifications, you will be able to participate on the cannon crew and take part in future artillery demonstrations at Fort Scott NHS.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on September 23, and go through 4 p.m. that day. Participants will check in at the visitor center and then dress out in period clothing for the day’s activities. In addition to artillery training, those in attendance will also receive a guided tour of the site and be part of a flag retreat ceremony.

Registration is now underway. To register for this program, call 620-223- 0310. You must be 16 years or older to participate. If you are below the age of 18, a parental permission is also required. Space is limited to 10 people, so call now to reserve your spot.

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