Union Occupation of Fort Smith

Union Occupation of Fort Smith (HM13A7)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.281', W 94° 25.723'

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On Sept. 1, 1863, U.S. troops under Gen. James Blunt seized Ft. Smith. It remained a Union post for the duration of the war. Fort Smith became a haven for white war refugees and former slaves, many of whom joined the Union army. Fort Smith troops fought in the 1864 Camden Expedition, but most local fighting focused on guerrilla units infesting the area. In the summer of 1864, Union troops withstood a series of Confederate attacks from the Indian Territory. Soldiers and civilians faced a supply shortage until peace came in 1865.Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial CommissionPreserve America, National Park Service, Department of the InteriorFort Smith National Historic SiteFort Smith Noon Exchange ClubRotary Club of Fort Smith
HM NumberHM13A7
Marker Number15
Year Placed2011
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370241 N 3917011
Decimal Degrees35.38801667, -94.42871667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.281', W 94° 25.723'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 16.86" N, 94° 25' 43.38" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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