U.S.C.T. in Helena

U.S.C.T. in Helena (HM21CK)

Location: Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 Phillips County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 31.551', W 90° 35.529'

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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 Troops, these soldiers took an active role in winning freedom for Arkansas slaves. The 54th, 57th, and part of the 69th U.S.C.T. were raised from Phillips Co. men. U.S.C.T. were in Helena from April 1863 until war's end. The U.S.C.T. faced hardship and prejudice but fought well and served with distinction.
HM NumberHM21CK
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Civil War Helena, Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission, Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721003 N 3823096
Decimal Degrees34.52585000, -90.59215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 31.551', W 90° 35.529'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 31' 33.06" N, 90° 35' 31.74" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-799 York St, Helena-West Helena AR 72342, US
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