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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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The Fort Smith National Historic Site is proud to house several items of historical relevance and importance, as well as being able to provide a catalyst for many community members to have the chance to interact with a more personal empathy towards their city, state, and national history. Many of these exhibits/buildings/events/people are captured in digital or print form and inspire their own perspective of historical relevance and memory, and we provide the best of said images here.

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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.