'Dedicated to all veterans who served their country with honor in the U.S. Armed Forces during the 20th century. Dedicated July 4, 1990.In memory of the Volunteer Defenders of the Union, 1861-1865'. Located on Old Fort Scott Blvd, next to the Visitor Information Center. In 1842 the US Army established Ft. Scott as a link in a chain of forts that stretched from Minnesota to Louisiana. The forts were intended to guard the "Permanent Indian Frontier." From 1842 until 1853 soldiers from Ft. Scott patrolled the plains, policed overland trails, and contacted Indian tribes. In 1846 the army sent troops from Ft. Scott to the Mexican War. The army had vacated Fort Scott in 1853, but the Civil War brought it back in force. The Union used the Ft. Scott area to recruit and train soldiers and supply forces in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Union facilities encompassed a large area in and around Ft. Scott, and included warehouses, a hospital, military prison, and cemetery. Ft. Scott gave vital support to Union victories that prevented Confederate raids and campaigns elsewhere in the Western theater.