Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
The Parade Grounds
Fort Smith National Historic Site
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
“A broad gravel driveway around the grounds encompassed an inner circle and this was the parade ground… In the center… stood a tall flagstaff, from which dizzy height, “Old Glory,” flung its protecting folds to the breeze. Morning and evening to the salute of a cannon and the strains of martial music, the flag was raised and lowered.”-Mary Rutherford Cravens, recalling life at the second Fort Smith.
When U.S. Army engineers designed the second Fort Smith in 1838, they provided strong fortifications in the form of a large stonewall. Although no military threats to the post ever arose, the wall remained in place until 1897. Today, the location of the wall is outlined by the continuous band of stone behind you. The gateway behind you, Gate A, served as the main gate between the post and the town of Fort Smith.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 35° 23.347′ N, 94° 25.767′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on Park Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Within the Fort Smith National Historic Site. 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. The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 (a few steps from this marker); The Women’s Jail, 1872-1888 (a few steps from this marker); The Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bastion That Never Was (within shouting distance of this marker); Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves (within shouting distance of this marker); Frisco Train Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); A Building Worth Saving (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
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