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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Steamboat Bell

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Steamboat Bell
Collection of FOSM
 

Steamboat Engine Room Bell
FOSM Accession# 251

This steamboat bell is reported to have come from the wreck of the J.R. Williams which was attacked by Confederate General Stand Watie's cavalry and sunk during the Civil War.

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Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.