The Arkansas Post National Memorial park is located on over seven hundred acres of land and commemorates a vast history of events that shaped the United States, from the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi valley region, to the acquisition by the United States in the Louisiana purchase in 1803, and the battles fought during the Civil War in 1863.
The park contains the January 11, 1863 Arkansas Post battlefield where superior numbers of Union troops defeated the defending Confederate army, gaining control of a very important river port.
The Arkansas Post National Memorial park is located on seven hundred and fifty seven acres of land and commemorates a vast history of events that shaped the United States. The park respectively teaches about how the Arkansas Post was the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi Valley, and how it was acquired by the United States in 1803 from the French becoming a thriving river port making this area the largest city in the Arkansas Territory by 1819 and eventually the capitol of the Arkansas Territory. This memorial contains history on different cultures of people throughout the history of this area from American Indians and African American slaves to the European settlers and French settlers that inhabited and fought for this lucrative territory before it became apart of the United States of America in the Louisiana Purchase, later this territory became a pawn in the division of a country during the Civil War, where the Confederate Army in 1962 designed Fort Hindman, named after Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman, with a mile view up the Arkansas river and a mile down for the purpose of stopping a Union army advancement on Little Rock Arkansas. In a three day battle in January 1863 the Union army conducted an amphibious assault on the fort using Ironclad gunboats as part of the Vicksburg Campaign, the Union army out numbered the Confederate army with 33,000 to 5,500 and easily defeated them taking the fort. The fort now lies beneath the Arkansas River but the trenches are there, the park conducts tours but you must call and scheduled the tours in advance, and the museum commemorates all the rich history this area has witnessed.