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Civil War in the
Arkansas Delta

Ft Hindman


Arkansas Post National Monument
1741 Old Post Road, Gillett AR 72055
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   Established as a French trading post in 1686, this spot near the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers has been important for the control of both rivers for hundreds of years.
   The Confederates built massive Fort Hindman here in 1862 to guard against Union incursions up the Arkansas River into the state’s interior. The fort fell after an overpowering Union Army-Navy attack Jan. 10–11, 1863. The battle not only opened up a river route to Little Rock, but also further eroded Confederate activity on the Mississippi.
   The visitor center offers excellent Civil War exhibits including a model of the fort.
    Grounds open daily 8 am–dark, visitor center open 8 am–5 pm daily. Free.

Fort Hindman is now under water


Fort Reconstruction

A reconstructed Fort Curtis

   The Union garrison here (occupied in July 1862) controlled local Mississippi River traffic and served as a base for Northern operations in eastern Arkansas and against Vicksburg in 1863. Strongly fortified, the Federals here withstood a Confederate attack July 4, 1863. The bloody battle resulted in more than 1,600 Southern casualties among the fewer than 8,000 engaged. The Confederate failure here coupled with the fall of Vicksburg the same day meant that the Union had nearly total control of the Mississippi.
   The city has created an excellent driving/walking tour of Helena’s Civil War resources. Museum exhibits at the Delta Cultural Center Depot Museum (95 Missouri St) help tell the story. Highlights of the tour include Battery C, which was overrun briefly during the battle. The hilltop site offers great views and is well interpreted with a short walking trail. Also on the tour are a “reconstructed” Fort Curtis with an interpreted walking trail. The original fort was located a couple of blocks away. Favorite son Confederate Gen. Patrick Gleburne, killed at Franklin TN in 1864, is buried in the Confederate Cemetery. For more on the tour see

Lake Village

Lake Chicot State Park (Ditch Bayou Battlefield)
2542 Highway 257, Lake Village AR 71653 (8 miles northeast of Lake Village)
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    A handful of Confederates held off a much larger force during a June 6, 1864 battle here. This was the last significant engagement in Arkansas. Interpretive markers in the park describe the action. Civil War driving tour brochure available at the visitor center.

St. Francis

Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park
70 County Road 368, Piggott, AR 72454
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   Trenches and historical markers commemorate this important Arkansas-Missouri river crossing during the war. Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke fought off Union pursuers the first days of May 1863 after his unsuccessful raid into Missouri. Park open daylight hours. Free.


Jacksonport State Park
205 Avenue St, Jacksonport AR 7275
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   Important riverboat town on the White River with access to the Mississippi River was occupied by both sides during the war. Five major generals made their headquarters here. Exhibits in the Courthouse Museum include Civil War stories. Seasonal weekend Civil War programs offered.
    Museum open Tuesday–Saturday 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. $3/adult.

Website links for Arkansas places: Arkansas Links