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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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April 17, 1885 Execution

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On April 17, 1885 William Phillips was executed at Fort Smith. He had been found guilty by a jury of murdering his father-in-law, William Hill, in the summer of 1884. The victim was asleep at the time. The two men had a history of conflict. An earlier argument had also resulted in gunfire, with Phillips wounding Hill in the ankle.

Did You Know?

foundation remains of first fort overlooking Arkansas River

The U.S. Army selected a spot overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers for the site of a fort. Soldiers from the Rifle Regiment arrived in 1817 and named the site Fort Smith after their commanding officer, Thomas A. Smith.