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(March 10, 2012) Enlarge Inside the
This photo shows the holding area for prisoners

(March 10, 2012) Enlarge Guard House Panel
Discipline was important for maintaining order among the ranks. Offenders were confined to the guardhouse for a specified period of time, anywhere from a few days to six months. The most common offense, drunkenness, was usually worth ten days in "the Mill". Prisoners were shackled in at night and assigned laborious duties during the day



(March 10, 2012) Enlarge Powder Magazine Ruin

This is what remains of the powder magazine. Fort Churchill is located in a desert so it is extremely dry. Visitors should bring their own water, wear a hat, sunglasses, and clothes that will keep skin from being exposed. Sunscreen is a must

(March 10, 2012) Enlarge Powder Magazine Panel
The garrison stored its powder and munitions in this storehouse. It was built of adobe, like most of the other structures, but without windows. It was believed an explosion would vent through the roof, doing less damage to people and property


(March 10, 2012) Enlarge The Well
There is a trail around the well and signs posted to not get off the trail. Do not even dream about getting water out of this ruined well


(March 10, 2012) Enlarge Hospital Panel
The Fort was fortunate in having a hospital and a surgeon, since most comparable posts had neither. The L-shaped hospital had limited space and only one matron, so it is assumed there were only 20 beds (an 1862 Army regulation allowed one matron per 20 patients). The hospital stayed full, usually with cases of colds and pneumonia. Sometimes there were outbreaks of measles and smallpox

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