• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Artifacts of the Park

This section features artifacts from the park's collection. These items are not currently on exhibit.

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Parret Round
Parrott Artillery Round

Parrott Round

This artillery round would have been fired from a Parrott Rifle, a highly accurate type of cannon used during the Civil War.

Designed by Captain Robert Parker Parrott, the gun was longer than the Napoleon and was distinguishable by a thick band of iron, which was wrapped around the breech of the gun.

The Parrott had a 3-inch bore, which became standard military issue in the Union army after 1863; prior to this the Parrott had a 2.9-inch bore.

The gun also came in 20 and 32 pounder sizes. The Confederates copied this gun as they did with many other weapons throughout the war, and the Parrott gun or a version of it could often be found in Confederate artillery batteries. StatCounter - Free Web Tracker and Counter

Information courtesy of Civil War Academy.


Did You Know?

Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.