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Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Curtis

 
 
Fort Curtis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
1. Fort Curtis Marker
Inscription. In August 1862 the Union forces occupying Helena erected on this site a redoubt of earth and timbers to serve as the key to the city’s defenses. Fort Curtis, named for the Union general in command at the time of construction, was one of five fortified positions which enabled Union soldiers to repulse a Confederate attack on July 4, 1863, designed to recapture the city and relieve the siege at Vicksburg. On the day of the attack 4,129 Union officers and men, under General Prentiss, were positioned in and around the fort against 7,646 Confederate troops under General Holmes.
 
Erected 1963 by Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 31.742′ N, 90° 35.435′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is at the intersection of Perry Street and Columbia Street, on the right when traveling east on Perry Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Russwurm Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); William Patterson (about
Fort Curtis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
2. Fort Curtis Marker
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "We are all the same as dead men" (about 800 feet away); Civil War Comes to Arkansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Right to Vote (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Helena, Arkansas (approx. ¼ mile away); Phillips County, Arkansas (approx. ¼ mile away); Helena, Arkansas (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Helena.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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