"Parade Ground" Fort McKavett Things to Do Tip by Stephen-KarenConn
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One of the most important routines was troop training and drilling. The Parade Ground is typical for a frontier infantry post; about 400 feet on a side, surrounded by officers and enlisted men's quarters. Drilling foot soldiers required less space than mounted troops, so cavalry post parade grounds included at least twice as much space.
The wooden flag pole at the center of the Parade Ground is 62 feet tall. The army considered a flag pole to be absolutely necessary, and went to great efforts to secure a suitable pole. Flying from the mast would have been a ten-by-fifteen-foot flag, with 37 stars. In peak season such a flag is still flown there today.
Directions: On the Fort McKavett walking tour.