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5Storehouse and Cabins

view inside storehouse at Fort Roberdeau
Rations issued to militia and volunteers at Fort Roberdeau were kept in the Storehouse.

view inside storehouse at Fort Roberdeau
On the shelves are typical items that might have been in the Storehouse: sacks of cornmeal and flour, salt, salt beef, corn whiskey, a linen seine with lead weights for fishing, and medicinal herbs.

View of the barracks inside Fort RoberdeauInside the fort there are two cabins. The cabins are where the soldiers stayed and slept.

View inside one of the barracks in Fort RoberdeauThe living conditions for the troops were very crude. Each cabin had a fireplace and twelve wooden bunks for the soldiers to sleep.

View inside the infirmary barracks at Fort RoberdeauWhen the doctor was needed, the officers would allow the doctor to use one of the cabins as his operating room and infirmary.

Man portraying a Revolutionary War era doctor at Fort RoberdeauThe man pictured is portraying a Revolutionary War era doctor.  The doctor did not live at Fort Roberdeau. He was an itinerant doctor, which means he traveled from place to place. He lived in McAlevys Fort, which was about 25 miles away.  In those days, the doctor and his equipment would travel by horse and it would take about a day and half to get there.

Since the doctor had to travel, all of his medicine and tools needed to be portable.  Everything he needed could be packed up in wooden boxes and loaded onto a pack horse.

These are some of the Revolutionary War era surgical tools that the doctor had to operate with… yikes!

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