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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Courtroom Sketch

large drawing comprised of sketches of individuals in Fort Smith courtroom in 1889
Fort Smith Courtroom Sketch,1889
Collection of FOSM
 

Courtroom Sketch, 1889

This drawing is actually a composite of several sketches, each showing an individual present in the Fort Smith courtroom. The only figure identified by name is Judge Parker. The image identified as "U.S. Marshal" is that of John Carroll. We have no photographs taken in the courtroom, so this sketch provides a rare glimpse into the operation of the federal court in 1889.

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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.