• 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?

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.