Places at the First Fort Smith (1817-1824)

The need to establish peace between the Osage and Cherokee led to the establishment of Fort Smith on the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers.

  • Site chosen by Major Stephen H. Long of the Topographical Engineers
  • Fort Smith was established on December 25, 1817
  • Commander was Major William Bradford
  • Visited by famous English naturalist Thomas Nuttall
  • Name after General Thomas Smith, Commander of U.S. Army Rifle Regiment
  • Abandoned in 1824
  • Archeologists uncovered the foundations we see today in the late 1950s


Last updated: August 28, 2017

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