The best way to discover what the forts were like is to examine each fort.
Forts in this category in Kansas included the Camp Ewing complex outside Lawrence and Forts Leavenworth, Riley, and Scott.
A few forts established by the Army existed partly to protect Kansas residents against attacks from Confederate regular and guerrilla forces.
Such forts included the relocated Fort Lincoln, Fort Baxter, and the Fort Blair complex outside the town of Fort Scott.
Fort Drinkwater served as a post office and Fort Montgomery served as a schoolhouse.
A few words should be said about the impregnability (or lack of it) of the Kansas forts. Surprisingly, some of the forts built by settlers were considerably more defendable than some built by the military.