Soldiers and slaves built over 400 log huts as
winter quarters for the soldiers garrisoning and working on the fort. In
addition to government rations of flour, fresh and cured meat, sugar, and
coffee, every boat brought boxes from home filled with all kinds of things a
farm or store could provide. Off-duty soldiers from the local area hunted and
fished in the same locations they had frequented just months before as
civilians. Sometime after the surrender, Federals burned the cabins because of
a measles outbreak.