Buffalo Soldier Monument
Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth at Leavenworth, Kansas is the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi. Although known for its role in the expansion of the American frontier and as the only US military maximum security prison, Fort Leavenworth's most important role began in 1881 when Gen. William T. Sherman established the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry. That school evolved into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and has graduated officers such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley and George S. Patton.
Fort Leavenworth has a number of things to offer civilian visitors: a national cemetery, museum, monuments and many interesting 19th century buildings. The Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth explains the Fort's role in the exploration and expansion of the western United States, as well as the staff college. But when the museum is closed, you can still print this Fort Leavenworth driving tour map and tour the fort at other times. The tour stops at about 16 locations where you will find a display with a recorded message.
A separate Mormon Battalion driving tour is available. The Mormon Battalion is believed to be the only U.S. Army unit named for its religion and was recruited around present day Council Bluffs, Iowa by Captain James Allen from Fort Leavenworth in 1846. This tour provides insight about the Battalion's stay at Fort Leavenworth.
When visitors arrive at the entrance to Fort Leavenworth, it typically takes about 5 minutes to get a visitor's pass. The army requires photo ID, car registration and proof of insurance. They will inform you of any restrictions to where you may go on the Fort. Non US residents many not be permitted on the fort and should call (913) 684-3600 in advance.
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is one of the first 12 national cemeteries established by Abraham Lincoln on July 17, 1862. Burials began in the 1840s. There are over 30,500 graves of veterans and dependents.
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