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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Confederates Occupy The Fort

 
 
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
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Inscription. At the beginnings of the Civil War, “amid the firing of cannon and the cheers of the people,” a local newspaper reported, Arkansas State Militia raised the Confederate flag and took control of Fort Smith on April 23, 1861.

With the Confederate victory in South Carolina at Fort Sumter, the U.S. War Department ordered all southern forts abandoned. Despite pleas of concerned citizens, U.S. troops (later called Union troops) left Fort Smith just an hour before state militia arrived. The transition took place without conflict.

While Arkansas militia troops controlled the fort, citizens of Fort Smith and the surrounding region remained deeply divided. Many pro-Unionist kept silent, suppressed their loyalties, or left town. After Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863 followed by Confederate defeat west of Fort Smith at Honey Springs, Union forces reclaimed Fort Smith in September 1863.
 
Erected by Fort Smith National Historic Site National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 23.294′ N, 94° 25.802′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on Parker Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
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is at or near this postal address: 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meeting of Nations (within shouting distance of this marker); The Officer’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Clues from the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks, Courthouse, Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Executions at Fort Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gallows (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
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Reenactors raise the Confederate flag at Fort Smith. Arkansas has not yet seceded from the Union, so the flag contained just seven stars in April 1861.
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
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The Van Buren Press showed the excitement of many locals with these headlines for April 24, 1861.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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