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.

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301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Phone:

(479) 783-3961

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