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  • 6. Post Headquarters

    "A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it.” Spoken by President Truman, this quote could be applied to the commanding officer at Fort Scott, who coordinated the operation of the military post from the post headquarters in front of you. The commander was in charge of the health, safety, cleanliness, and security of the post. He routinely dealt with housing issues, property, supplies, and personnel management. He oversaw post discipline; he could arrest other officers and he convened courts-martial in this building. Like a president who has different cabinet secretaries to oversee various government functions, the post commander had officers who were in direct charge of many aspects of the fort‘s operation.” Still, overall responsibility for the post ultimately fell to the commander. In these offices, he and his adjutant prepared reports and kept records that kept his superiors informed of affairs and assured the smooth functioning of the fort. In addition to the offices and court-martial room, the ordnance storeroom and artillery shed are also attached to this building.