Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Defending Fort Smith
Fort Smith National Historic Site
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Confederates failed to take the city, but they did drive thousands of refugees, shattered families, and runaway slaves into its already overcrowded fort. This taxed the Union's ability to feed and house the soldiers and civilians.
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• Confederates attack Fort Smith
• Union gunners return fire across the Poteau River
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Native Americans • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 31, 1864.
Location. 35° 23.195′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Osage Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Served Here? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Long Surveys the Western Frontier (about 300 feet away); Establishing Fort Smith (about 300 feet away); Abandoned and Forgotten (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Nation (about 400 feet away); Request Denied (about 500 feet away); Chickasaw Nation (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
Also see . . . The Battle of Fort Smith. Brigadier General Stand Watie, the famed Cherokee soldier who became the only Native American to rise to the rank of general in the service of the Confederacy, was selected to lead the main thrust. Meanwhile, a small party sent into the peninsula formed by the Poteau and Arkansas Rivers opened fire on the fort itself, prompting the garrison to roll out their cannon to suppress the sniping. (Submitted on September 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.