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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

People of Second Fort Smith (1838-1871)

Steamboat on Arkansas River with fort in background

Fort Smith during Confederate occupation

Fort Smith NHS Collection

In 1838, fourteen years after the first fort was closed, a new garrison was built at Fort Smith. A massive defensive fort was never needed, and Fort Smith eventually served as a supply depot. After the Civil War, the fort had served its usefulness and was ordered closed in 1871.

Did You Know?