The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will sanction suitable events and activities throughout Arkansas during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, 2011-2015.
Sesquicentennial at Fort Smith, April 23, 2011
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72902
Ph: (479) 783-3961
Kicking off the sesquicentennial at Fort Smith National Historic Site will be an event on April 23, 2011, dedicated to the day the fort fell under Arkansas state occupation. This event falls on the day that Company D and E of the First Cavalry under Union Captain Samuel Sturgis was led to safety by Delaware Indian scout Black Beaver after they abandoned Fort Smith in 1861. On the same day, Arkansas State Troops took control of an unoccupied fort.