Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Within weeks of the Union army's arrival in Helena, engineers began work on a large redoubt, an enclosed earthwork. They sited the earthen fort on high ground at the end of a ridge. In 1862, the fort stood three blocks north of here, just west of the city.
Fort Curtis's Formidable Guns
Engineers designed the impressive fort to protect Helena from attack. Huge guns brought by Mississippi River steamboats bristled from the ramparts. The army hoped that the formidable weapons would cause the Confederates to think twice before attacking.
Six 24-pounders and one 32-pounder cannon armed Fort Curtis. The 32-pounder gun alone weighed 7,200 pounds and could fire a projectile over a mile.
Top right:The guns in Fort Curtis, like the guns in Fort Stevens above, fired over the wall of the fort rather than through openings cut into the wall.
Bottom right: Seven Union officers stand next to a 32-pounder cannon in a fort that protected Washington, DC.
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Location. 34° 31.549′ N, 90° 35.508′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is on York Street east of Beech Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located near entrance to Fort Curtis. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 York Street, Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who Built Fort Curtis (here, next to this marker); Fort Curtis, 1862-1867 (here, next to this marker); The New Fort Curtis (here, next to this marker); U.S.C.T. in Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); Flags over Fort Curtis (within shouting distance of this marker); Life Under Union Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Helena (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.