Friday, January 16, 2015

Illinois' Fort Sheridan-- Part 2

The fort was designed by architects Holabird and Roche who designed the grounds and 64 masonry buildings.  The center of the fort has a 54-acre parade ground and a 228-foot tower, barracks and officers' quarters.

The fort's first military action cam,e after the 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee, South Dakota when a group of defeated Lakota Indians were impounded at the fort.

During the 1894 Pullman Strike, troops from Fort Sheridan went to Chicago to curb union activity.  They occupied the Union Stockyards and restored order.  (Labor unrest in Chicago was a main reason for the location of Fort Sheridan.)

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the fort served as a temporary transit center for troops heading to Cuba.

During the Mexican Revolution, Fort Sheridan troops were sent to the U.S. border with that country.

More to Come.  --RoadDog

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