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

    Fort Smith

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Officer's Quarters Layout

Original Layout of the Officer's Quarters.

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Officers’ Quarters
N 35° 23.337’
W 94° 25.807’

From 1846 to 1865, two large buildings stood on the western edge of the parade ground and provided housing for officers and their families. Unlike the cramped quarters of the enlisted men’s barracks, there was a degree of privacy here. Large front and back porches, yards, and gardens surrounded by picket fences provided domestic comforts for the officers. Fires destroyed both Officers’ Quarters in 1865 and 1870. In 200, the National Park Service placed concrete pads to show the approximate locations and floor plans of the two buildings.
 
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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.