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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Phillips County, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Phillips County, Arkansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Phillips County, AR (94) Arkansas County, AR (35) Desha County, AR (16) Lee County, AR (5) Monroe County, AR (17) Bolivar County, MS (52) Coahoma County, MS (37) Tunica County, MS (10)  PhillipsCounty(94) Phillips County (94)  ArkansasCounty(35) Arkansas County (35)  DeshaCounty(16) Desha County (16)  LeeCounty(5) Lee County (5)  MonroeCounty(17) Monroe County (17)  BolivarCountyMississippi(52) Bolivar County (52)  CoahomaCounty(37) Coahoma County (37)  TunicaCounty(10) Tunica County (10)
Helena is the county seat for Phillips County
Adjacent to Phillips County, Arkansas
      Arkansas County (35)  
      Desha County (16)  
      Lee County (5)  
      Monroe County (17)  
      Bolivar County, Mississippi (52)  
      Coahoma County, Mississippi (37)  
      Tunica County, Mississippi (10)  
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1 Arkansas, Phillips County, Barton — 84 — Lick Creek Skirmish
After the Jan. 11, 1863, battle at Arkansas Post, Gen. Willis Gorman led troops from Helena on a raid up the White River. Col. Powell Clayton and 1,200 cavalrymen went to Big Creek west of Helena when a patrol of 25 men of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry . . . Map (db m107709) HM
2 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "Hell-in-Arkansas"
The nickname the 33rd Iowa Infantry gave Helena was hardly flattering. It came not from a hard fought battle but from miserable conditions in an overcrowded city made worse by the climate. Soldiers Battled Malaria, Typhoid and More Many . . . Map (db m51916) HM
3 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "Put arms in their hands"
"A Liberating Army" In September 1861, Frederick Douglass, a former slave and passionate and influential advocate for black rights, wrote, "Let it be known that the American flag is the flag of freedom to all who will . . . Map (db m108009) HM
4 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "the gunboat Tyler saved the day"
David D. Porter, Acting Rear Admiral Commanding Mississippi Squadron The guns of the U.S.S. Tyler sent their last blast hurtling toward Graveyard Hill at 10:30 A.M. on July 4, 1863. The Confederates were retreating. . . . Map (db m229625) HM
5 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "We are all the same as dead men"
Conditions in Civil War Helena were horrible. Overcrowding, poor sanitation, contaminated drinking water, and mosquitoes led to typhoid, dysentery, malaria and other diseases. Tents, churches, barns, abandoned houses and business buildings housed . . . Map (db m51978) HM
6 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "We shall never be the same"
The Civil War changed the lives of Southern women in ways they could not have imagined. They lived with anxiety, fear and loneliness. As the war ground on, many felt an increasing sense of desperation and depression. The lives they had known were . . . Map (db m107998) HM
7 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — “Let him sleep now with his brave companions”
The Death of General Patrick Cleburne “If we are to die Govan, let us die like men,” Cleburne said to his friend, Daniel Govan, as he rode to his death. Major General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, Helena’s best-known Confederate . . . Map (db m107829) HM WM
8 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — "We are well fortified" — Battle of Helena —
Battery C sat directly above Helena and was the key to the city's defenses. The small earthen battery manned by the 33rd Missouri held two artillery pieces. A series of infantry trenches in front of the battery defended the approach. Union engineers . . . Map (db m107956) HM
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9 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Cemetery Becomes a Battleground
Imagine this area covered in trees. Where you stand is a quiet cemetery. It is the first burial ground for the city of Helena and the resting place of some of the city's earliest residents. Engineers and Battle Begin the . . . Map (db m107977) HM
10 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Grand Memorial
The Confederate Memorial In 1889, the Phillip County Memorial Association began raising funds to erect a grand memorial to honor all the Confederate dead. The Association sent an appeal throughout the South and donations poured in. Not . . . Map (db m107834) HM
11 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Great Upheaval
Thousands of refugee slaves came with the Union army into Helena and they continued to come. Helena became an island of freedom in a slave state. The Union Army Recruits Freedmen In the . . . Map (db m107912) HM
12 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Short Lived Confederate Victory
The Confederates Take Battery C "Both brigades moved forward on the instant, rapidly, steadily unflinchingly, and in perfect order under a storm of Minie balls, grape, and canister, which poured upon them not only . . . Map (db m107958) HM
13 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Terrific Fire From Graveyard Hill
You are facing Battery D. One half-mile southeast of here, it was the closest of the fortifications on Crowley's Ridge to Battery C. During the Battle of Helena, Union troops at these batteries aided each other with artillery fire. Map (db m107950) HM
14 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — A Union Stronghold in Confederate Arkansas
The Union Army Takes Helena, July 1862 When General Samuel Curtis marched into Helena he was not sure if he would remain. But the city's location on the Mississippi River made it a valuable strategic resource . . . Map (db m107916) HM
15 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — African American Troops Held This Ground
The 2nd Arkansas of African Descent manned the earthwork located here during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. The 2nd was a new regiment, organized in Helena just three months earlier. They had never experienced combat. . . . Map (db m107891) HM
16 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Answering a Call for Help
Disease, death, the practice of separating slave families—all left children with no one to care for them. Scores of orphaned black children in Civil War Helena suffered from neglect and exposure. General Napoleon Buford asked for help. In . . . Map (db m107999) HM
17 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Arkansas' Mercí Car
This boxcar and the gifts it carried are a reminder of American support of France during two world wars, and of France's gratitude for that support. Such gestures between peoples deserve a lasting place in our memories. People to People . . . Map (db m107797) HM
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18 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Battery A
Union forces entrenched on this hill held off repeated assaults by Confederate troops under CSA General Marmaduke on the morning of July 4, 1863, in their attack on Helena. CSA General Marsh Walker's Cavalry Brigade, consisting of the 5th Arkansas . . . Map (db m107784) HM
19 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Battery B
Union guns emplaced on this hill defended Old St. Francis Road, the approach used by CSA General Marmaduke's Division, consisting of the 1st Brigade under Col. Shelby and Col. G.W. Thompson and the 2nd Brigade under Col. Colton Greene, in their . . . Map (db m107787) HM
20 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Battery C Revealed — Battle of Helena —
Four maps drawn during the Civil War show Battery C. On each, the size and shape of the battery is different. Archaeological investigations conducted in 2011 and 2013 uncovered some surprising facts about this battery. Map (db m107964) HM
21 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Battery D
Hindman Hill, southernmost of four positions fortified by Union Forces in June, 1863, was attacked by the 35th, 37th, and Hawthorn's Arkansas Infantry Regiments under General Fagan, CSA at daybreak, July 4, 1863. Thwarted by the strength of the . . . Map (db m107791) HM
22 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Battle of HelenaJuly 4, 1863
Confederate General Theophilus Holmes wanted to regain control of Helena, an island of Union control in Confederate Arkansas. His attack failed. Miscommunication, lack of information, and the determined resistance of the Union troops, who vowed not . . . Map (db m107941) HM
23 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Becoming Soldiers
As soon as the Civil War began, black men volunteered to serve in the United States Army. They were denied. In the spring of 1863, the Federal government finally began enlisting Freedmen. Within months, thousands in Helena had . . . Map (db m107884) HM
24 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Civil War Comes to Arkansas
In the first months of 1861 many Phillips County men joined militia companies supporting the Confederate cause. In February 1861, they marched on Little Rock to take the Federal arsenal. Most joined the Confederate army that spring. A Divided . . . Map (db m51979) HM
25 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Coming to the Aid of Fort Curtis
You are facing Battery A, which stood on Rightor Hill, a high spot on Crowley's Ridge. Defended by the 29th and 36th Iowa and the 33rd Missouri, it anchored the north end of the Union line, approximately one and one-quarter mile northeast of here. . . . Map (db m107973) HM
26 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Defending Helena
Shortly after the capture of Helena in July 1862, the Union army took measures to protect the city. Engineers designed a large earthen fort, which African American laborers completed in October 1862. General Benjamin Prentiss named the heavily . . . Map (db m108033) HM
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27 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Does the river ever flood?
Flooding, a long-feared natural phenomenon, is a very real concern throughout the region. Water has spilled from the banks of the Mississippi many times over the years, causing widespread fear and devastation. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, . . . Map (db m231575) HM
28 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Explore Our Top Outdoor Destinations
The Mississippi River defines Helena The Mississippi River has for centuries been the backbone of life in Helena; fertilizing its soil, supporting its farms and businesses, connecting people and cultures. Despite this rich history, there . . . Map (db m231812) HM
29 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Fight at the Levee
During the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863, constant fire from Union cavalry and artillery near the levee helped stall the Confederate advance on Battery A. The Union Troops at the Levee . . . Map (db m107930) HM
30 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Fighting to Stay Free
Freedmen Fill Two Regiments Within days of Lorenzo Thomas' speech in Helena on April 6, 1863, enough Freedmen enlisted to fill a regiment—1,000 men. Many were already in Helena. Others came in . . . Map (db m108014) HM
31 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Flags over Fort Curtis
When the Union army built Fort Curtis in 1862, the 34-star flag flew over the fort. The day the Battle of Helena was fought, July 4, 1863, the 35-star flag became the official U.S. flag. The new star represented West Virginia, admitted to the . . . Map (db m109134) HM
32 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Fort Curtis
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 . . . Map (db m51919) HM
33 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Fort Curtis, 1862-1867
The Confederates tested Fort Curtis once, during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863.The battle ended in a decided Union victory. For the rest of the war, Fort Curtis stood over Helena, a symbol of the power of the Union army. Map (db m108036) HM
34 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Freedom in Helena!
The Emancipation Proclamation "...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, . . . Map (db m107885) HM
35 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — General J.F. Fagan's Attack
Hawthorn's Regiment advanced from the south, that of Bell from the north, King massed on Hawthorn's right. They charged at daybreak, clambering over fallen timber, and took the first line of rifle pits. Battery C not yet engaged by Price, caught . . . Map (db m107796) HM
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36 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — General Patrick Cleburne — A Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail —
"I am with the South in life or death, in victory or defeat."       Patrick Cleburne, May 1861 A Brilliant and Beloved Commander Patrick Cleburne was a brilliant military tactician and one of the . . . Map (db m109146) HM
37 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Helena and The Trail of Tears
"The steamer Warren brought news... of the loss of the steamboat Monmouth, and the death of at least one-half of her infamously crowded passengers. This fatal, and most appalling, accident arose from a collision between these two boats; but from the . . . Map (db m52028) HM
38 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Helena, Arkansas
At this site on the southern tip of Crowley’s Ridge, Indians of the Hopewell Culture lived about 500 B.C. Evidences of their settlements still remain in mounds nearby. In 1541 when Hernando De Soto crossed the river near here, he found the Casqui . . . Map (db m51910) HM
39 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Helena, Arkansas
"Helena occupies one of the prettiest situations on the river", wrote Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi, and is rich in history and culture. Hernando DeSoto crossed the Mississippi near Helena in 1541, finding a thriving native culture. . . . Map (db m51928) HM
40 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Helena's Contraband Camps
Thousands of freedom seekers came with the Union army when it occupied Helena in July 1862. They had no place to live, no food and no way to support themselves. Under the Army's Care It was up to . . . Map (db m107877) HM
41 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Helena's Doughboy
This sculpture, erected in 1927, is one of the best-known outdoor sculptures in the nation. Named Spirit of the American Doughboy, it depicts a World War I soldier attacking across the "no man's land" between the trenches. Created in 1920 . . . Map (db m107933) HM
42 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Hernando De Soto
1541-1931 June 18, 1541 Hernando De Soto Crossed the Mississippi River near Friar's Point to Aquixo an Indian Village south of Helena, ArkansasMap (db m51917) HM
43 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Holding the Little Rock Road
Fortifying Helena Soon after the Union army occupied Helena in July 1862, preparations began for a Confederate attack. The army built four earthworks on Crowley's Ridge. Fort Curtis sat below the ridge, in town. . . . Map (db m107887) HM
44 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Judge Jacob Trieber1853-1927
Jacob Trieber served as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 1901 to 1927. He was the first Jewish judge ever to serve on the federal bench. Trieber was born in Prussia in 1853, immigrated with his parents to St. . . . Map (db m107824) HM
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45 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — KFFA 1360 HelenaSounds from the Soil & Soul
The music of the Arkansas Delta is the music of America. With roots in gospel or "church music," the blues, jazz, country, and rock n'roll flowed from the rich, fertile landscape bordering the lower Mississippi River and spread out across the . . . Map (db m51908) HM
46 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Life Under Union Occupation
After the Union army arrived in July 1862, Helena was no longer part of the Confederacy. It was in Union hands and the Union commander made law and policy. The Moore-Hornor Home across the street was one of many in Helena seized by the Union army. . . . Map (db m108030) HM
47 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Live at the Opera House
Traveling road shows, vaudeville, dog-and-pony shows, mind readers, magicians, bell ringers and boxing matches-they all appeared live at Helena's Grand Opera House. In the days before radio, movies and television live entertainment was king. . . . Map (db m107996) HM
48 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Loyal to the Old Flag
While the vast majority of Helena's white population favored secession, there were also men and women loyal to the Union in Phillips County. White Unionists Rally in Helena Not only fugitive slaves, but white . . . Map (db m107991) HM
49 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Patrick Cleburne in Helena — A Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail —
Patrick Cleburne found a home, friends and a profession in Helena. When the Civil War began, he supported his adopted state, writing to his brother, Richard, "I am with Arkansas in weal and woe." Map (db m109144) HM
50 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Patrick Ronayne CleburneMajor General, C.S.A.
front: Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, Major General, C.S.A. Born in County Cork, Ireland, March 17, 1828; Killed at Battle of Franklin, Tenn. November 30, 1864. Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. Shiloh . . . Map (db m86787) WM
51 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — I-15 — Phillips County Court House
The First County Seat of Phillips county was ordered in the Act of 1820 which created the county, to be located in the Town of Monticello, which place has since been identified as the original name of the present Town of Helena.Map (db m51918) HM
52 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Phillips County Goes to War
The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 broke the nation apart. In May 1861, Arkansas became the ninth state to join the new Confederate States of America. The Union Army Occupies Helena By the spring of 1861, most of the men in Helena . . . Map (db m229329) HM
53 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Phillips County, Arkansas
Phillips County lies in what is known as the Mississippi alluvial plain, also called The Delta. The earliest known inhabitants were native Indians, noted for building large earthen mounds for ceremonial purposes and to bury their chiefs. By the . . . Map (db m51929) HM
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54 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Phillips County's Confederate Soldiers — A Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail —
Quick to Volunteer Between 1861 and 1865, several hundred men— one-third of the able-bodied men in Phillips County — joined the Confederate army. Most enlisted in the opening weeks of the Civil War. The volunteers joined . . . Map (db m109136) HM
55 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Pippengerville
On January 26, 1880 the famous U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock. And, during all the years he lived, he never once visited here.Map (db m133239) HM
56 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Recruiting in Helena
Lorenzo Thomas at Fort Curtis Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas spoke in Helena on April 6, 1863. About 4,000 soldiers stood in formation in Fort Curtis. They heard Thomas, their commanding officer, the district . . . Map (db m108013) HM
57 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Remembering the Fallen
“It is hoped that the younger generations, which have witnessed their unselfish devotion will emulate their virtues.” Memorializing the Confederate Dead Immediately after the Civil War, Southern women began efforts to care . . . Map (db m107831) HM
58 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — River Birds
Seasons change. As they do, birds and other wild animals migrate from one place to the next to find food. Many birds follow the twists and turns of the Mississippi River as they journey from the northern United States to their winter breeding . . . Map (db m229321) HM
59 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Russwurm Memorial
This lot and dwelling at No. 625 Perry Street was given by will of Mrs. Florence B. Russwurm to the First Baptist Church of Helena, Arkansas as a memorial to her late husband, Dr. W.C. Russwurm and herself. Dr. and Mrs. Russwurm were long time . . . Map (db m51920) HM
60 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Sacred Heart Academy
In 1858 a boarding school and convent was established on this site in the former residence of Col. Henry L. Biscoe by four Sisters of Mercy who came from Ireland with Bishop Andrew Byrne. The school was in the middle of heavy fighting during the . . . Map (db m51905) HM
61 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Seizing Freedom
Imagine watching a four-mile-long parade of soldiers, horses, wagons and artillery pieces pass your house. The soldiers in blue were supposed to be the enemy, but they offered the chance for something you thought you'd never have—freedom. . . . Map (db m107828) HM
62 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Service with Distinction
Seven men from Phillips County, all of them immigrants to Arkansas, became high ranking Confederate officers. They served with honor in the Army of the Tennessee and in the Trans-Mississippi, participating in many decisive battles and campaigns. . . . Map (db m51981) HM
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63 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — 51 — Seven Confederate Generals
Front Seven Phillips Co. men served as generals in the Confederate army. Patrick Cleburne, perhaps the most acclaimed Arkansas general, led an Army of Tennessee division and proposed freeing slaves if they would fight for the . . . Map (db m107716) HM
64 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — St. Catherine AcademyA Roman Catholic School on the Frontier
This was the site of St. Catherine Convent and Academy. When it opened in 1858, it was one of two Roman Catholic schools in Arkansas. Opportunities for a classical education were rare in Arkansas and the school founded by the Sisters of Mercy . . . Map (db m108055) HM
65 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The 33rd Missouri Spikes the Guns
During the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863, less than 300 men with two cannon held this battery for several hours against 3,000 Confederates. Infantry Mans the Guns The 33rd Missouri Infantry (U.S.) defended Battery . . . Map (db m107966) HM
66 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The American Legion Hut
Richard L. Kitchens Post No. 41 of the American Legion World War I veterans founded the American Legion, a charitable organization, in 1919. That year, Helena's veterans founded Richard L. Kitchens Post No. 41. The name honors a . . . Map (db m108000) HM
67 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Avenging Fire of the Gunboat
The gunboat U.S.S. Tyler gave the Union defenders a decided advantage in the Battle of Helena. Her captain could move the gunboat and its heavy artillery where it was needed most, and that is exactly what he did. Map (db m107975) HM
68 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Battle of HelenaJuly 4, 1863
Confederate General Theophilus Holmes wanted to regain control of Helena, an island of Union control in Confederate Arkansas. His attack failed. Miscommunication, lack of information, and the determined resistance of the Union troops, who vowed not . . . Map (db m107937) HM
69 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Battle of HelenaBloody Fireworks on the Fourth of July
From where you are standing, you would have had a ringside seat for the battle of Helena. On a brutally hot July 4, 1863, Confederate General Theophilus Holmes launched a three-pronged attack on the small Union garrison at Helena. Union . . . Map (db m229585) HM
70 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — 88 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena
Helena has played a vital role in blues history for artists from both sides of the Mississippi River. Once known as a “wide open” hot spot for music, gambling, and nightlife, Helena was also the birthplace of “King Biscuit . . . Map (db m51907) HM
71 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Civil War Brings Hardship
The Civil War affected everyone, and St. Catherine Convent and Academy was no exception. The Union army appropriated convent property. Dead and dying men covered the grounds after the Battle of Helena. The school lost most of its students. When . . . Map (db m108054) HM
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72 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Confederates Attack Fort Curtis
"such a slaughter was never greater on any battlefield west of the Mississippi" Sgt. Henry S. Carroll, 33rd Missouri A Strong Position Fort Curtis sat on the brow of a low ridge above Helena, . . . Map (db m107938) HM
73 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Confederates Take Battery C
Battery C, perched atop Graveyard Hill, commanded the city and the rugged landscape to the west. Confederate General Theophilus Holmes believed it was the gateway to Helena. He sent General Sterling Price's Infantry Division, his strongest force, . . . Map (db m107953) HM
74 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The GunsSeven large guns, or cannons, protected Fort Curtis
The muzzles of six 24-pounders and one 32-pounder extended over the fort walls. The "pounder" designation meant that the cannon fired 24 or 32-pound balls respectively. These large guns were usually found at coastal forts, where they provided . . . Map (db m109133) HM
75 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Hard Road to Equal Rights
African Americans Exercise Their Rights In the decades following the Civil War, former slaves in Arkansas saw African Americans elected to local, state and national offices. Henderson B. Robinson was elected . . . Map (db m107892) HM
76 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Helena Bridge
Built in 1961, the Helena bridge is about a mile long and 28 feet wide. It stretches across the Mississippi River, linking Helena with the town of Lula, Mississippi via US 49. Before the bridge Until the early 1960s, there was no bridge . . . Map (db m231574) HM
77 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Irish ImmigrantA Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, the son of Dr. Joseph and Mary Anne Ronayne Cleburne, was born March 17, 1828. At the age of twenty-one he immigrated to the United States. He settled in Helena in 1850. The Son of . . . Map (db m109138) HM
78 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Mississippi River Defines Helena
The Mississippi River has for centuries been the backbone of life in Helena; fertilizing its soil, supporting its farms and businesses, connecting people and cultures. Helena, built at the base of Crowley’s Ridge, finds itself in a unique location . . . Map (db m231559) HM
79 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The New Fort Curtis
Mr. Ronnie Nichols, then-director of the Delta Cultural Center, first proposed building a reconstruction of Civil War Fort Curtis in 1992. Twenty years later, his vision was realized. New Fort Curtis was dedicated on May 11, . . . Map (db m108040) HM
80 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Right to Vote
The State of Arkansas is Dissolved In 1867, the state of Arkansas ceased to exist. It was dissolved, as were all states still in rebellion when the Confederate government surrendered in 1865. Readmission to the Union required that the states . . . Map (db m51927) HM
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81 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The river connects communities
Among our nations’s most valuable treasures: a web of inland waterways that winds its way through America’s heartland to the Mississippi River. Boats carrying people and freight use these well-traveled “marine highways” to travel from one city or . . . Map (db m229324) HM
82 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The T-33 Shooting Star
Jet aircraft began replacing propeller-powered planes in the late 1940s. Differences in handling resulted in a high accident rate among pilots unused to the new aircraft. Lockheed developed this plane, the T-33 Shooting Star, to help pilots make the . . . Map (db m108005) HM
83 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — The Union Army Marches Into Helena — A Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail —
On July 12, 1862, the Union army occupied Helena. Over two thousand fugitive slaves seeking the army's protection followed. For two days, the long line of soldiers and freedom seekers filed into Helena. Curtis Marches toward Helena Most . . . Map (db m116437) HM
84 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Their Guns Pounded Graveyard Hill
You are facing Battery B, the only battery on Crowley's Ridge the Confederates did not attack during the Battle of Helena. The men at Battery B, which was about three-quarters of a mile north of here, watched events unfold at Battery C and then . . . Map (db m107970) HM
85 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — They Passed This WayThe Trail of Tears - Water Route
"I have no more land, I am driven away from home, driven up the red waters, let us all go, let us all die together and somewhere upon the banks we will be there." Sin-e-cha's Song, heard on several removal boats along the Trail of . . . Map (db m229331) HM
86 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Those who have come before
The Delta represents a “melting pot” of diverse cultures. And most of them got here by canoe. Canoeing is the oldest form of water transportation on the Mississippi River-at least 2,000 years old! In the Quapaw tribal history, they arrived from . . . Map (db m229322) HM
87 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — 52 — U.S.C.T. in Helena
On April 6, 1863, Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas made a speech at Ft. Curtis seeking to enlist former slaves into the U.S. army. The next day, hundreds of black men joined the 1st Arkansas Infantry (African Descent). Later designated U.S. Colored . . . Map (db m107825) HM
88 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — USCT in Helena
Guard, Garrison and Fatigue Duty The United States Colored Troops (USCT) in Helena were part of the Union garrison holding the city. Their duties were much the same as those of white troops. Like all Union . . . Map (db m108015) HM
89 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — West Helena, Arkansas
The City of West Helena was a vision in the early nineteen hundreds of Edward Chaffin Hornor and John Sidney Hornor, cousins. Their plans for the creation of West Helena on the western slope of Crowley's ridge was accomplished with the filing on . . . Map (db m51931) HM
90 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — What is a bottled hardwood forest?
Found in the floodplains of rivers and streams, these wetland communities depend on water. Unlike a swamp (where water is always present), bottomland hardwood forests experience seasonal flooding. Disappearing forest Before the arrival . . . Map (db m231810) HM
91 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — What is the impact of stormwater on the Mississippi?
The impact of stormwater runoff on the Mississippi River is an environmental concern. The quality and quantity of water in all of our streams, rivers, lakes, aquifers, and oceans is diminishing. We can reverse this negative trend by becoming . . . Map (db m231766) HM
92 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — Who Built Fort Curtis
Thousands of escaped slaves, known as Contraband, followed the Union army to Helena in July 1862. Within weeks, the army put hundreds of Contraband to work building Fort Curtis. Hard Labor in Hot . . . Map (db m108032) HM
93 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — William Patterson
William Patterson was the first known Methodist to set foot on Arkansas soil. He came from Kentucky in 1800 and cut the cane, where the city of Helena now stands, to build a warehouse for river traffic. He became a Methodist Minister and in 1804 was . . . Map (db m51921) HM
94 Arkansas, Phillips County, Helena — World War I 1917-1918
Erected in honor of The Men & Women of Phillips County Who Served in the World War 1917-1918Map (db m51924) HM
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Sep. 23, 2023