The Guns

The Guns (HM227P)

Location: Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 Phillips County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 31.511', W 90° 35.495'

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Seven 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 defense against well-armed ships. Fort Curtis's guns never fired on a ship but they helped repel the Confederate soldiers who attacked Helena on July 4, 1863.

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The twin forts below New Orleans mounted large guns like those in Fort Curtis.
HM NumberHM227P
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe Arkansas Department of Heritage/Delta Cultural Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721057 N 3823023
Decimal Degrees34.52518333, -90.59158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 31.511', W 90° 35.495'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 31' 30.66" N, 90° 35' 29.7" W
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Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 US-49 BUS, Helena-West Helena AR 72342, US
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