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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Commanding Officers 1817-1824

Major William Bradford, Rifle regiment - Nov. 1817 to Feb. 1822

Col. Mathew Arbuckle, 7th Infantry - Feb. 1822 to March 1822

Major A.R. Wooley, 7th Infantry - March 1822 to June 1822

Col. Mathew Arbuckle, 7th Infantry - June 1822 to January 1823

Captain William Davenport, 7th Infantry - January 1823 to May 1823

Col. Mathew Arbuckle, 7th Infantry - May 1823 to April 1824

(Troops withdrawn from Fort Smith in April 1824; re-occupied March 22, 1833.)

Did You Know?

reproduction of keelboat on Arkansas River with first fort soldier reenactors

Fort Smith was established on Christmas Day, 1817. Approximately 70 Rifle Regiment soldiers arrived by keelboat after a long journey on the Arkansas River.