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By Edwin C Bearss

No historical past of the West is whole with no the tale of castle Smith, the citadel that “refused to die.” demonstrated in 1817, castle Smith used to be again and again deserted and reoccupied through the following fifty years, ultimately turning into the mum put up of the Southwest.
 
the unique fortress used to be put in at the Arkansas River by means of significant William Bradford and an organization of the Rifles Regiment. Bradford’s undertaking was once to prevent a bloody battle among the Osages and the Cherokees, a clash discouraging the emigration of jap Indians to the lands west of the Mississippi and thereby interfering with the government’s removing policy.
 
in the course of the Civil conflict, accomplice armies at Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove have been provided from citadel Smith, and the insurgent strength that overwhelmed Opothleyoholo’s band marched from fortress Smith. The fortress used to be taken via Federal troops in September 1863 and served as a Union base for the rest of the Civil War.
 
In 1871 the military back deserted the castle, however the Federal court docket for the Western District of Arkansas quickly moved in. lower than pass judgement on Isaac Parker, the well known “Hanging pass judgement on of castle Smith,” the court docket grew to become a strength for legislation and order in a lot of Indian Territory.

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Fort Smith and the Civil War: A Union Post 270 XIV. Fort Smith's Epitaph 299 Bibliography 335 Index 340 Page vii Illustrations General Zachary Taylor following page 70 Stephen Harriman Long General Mathew Arbuckle "Cavaniol Mountain," in Eastern Oklahoma, 1819 Fort Smith in 1820 Ring's Farm, West of Fort Smith Fort Coffee "Fort Smith," by H. B. Mollhausen, 1853 Fort Smith During Indian Council of 1865 following page 150 Whipple Expedition in the Field Whipple Expedition, 1853 Camp Wilson, 1853 City and Garrison, Fort Smith, 1871 Officers' Quarters A, Fort Smith, 186570 Fort Smith on the Eve of the Civil War Old Commissary Building, Fort Smith, 1917 Barracks used as courtroom and jail by Judge Parker following page 230 Federal Courthouse and Jail, 1889 Prisoners on steps of courthouse, 1879 Execution scene, 1879 Judge Isaac Parker Page viii Judge Parker's Court, 1891 Fort Smith in 1865 Commissary Building, erected in 1846 Workmen restoring foundations on Belle Point Foundations of original Fort Smith Page ix Maps The Southwestern Frontier, 18171823 page 18 The Belle Point Works, 1817 and 1838 147 Fort Smith's Military Constituency, 18381861 225 Fort Smith National Historic Site, 1979 facing page 231 Page 3 Chapter One Introduction The United States Army was a primary force in opening the Southwestern wilderness.

Within the garrison square, the building plan called for a commanding officer's quarters, subalterns or junior officers and surgeon's quarters, soldiers' barracks, guard and musicians' quarters, provision house and carpenter shop, Page 21 saddle and tailor shop, a sutler's room and hospital, a kitchen, and a magazine. A moat four feet deep and flaring from a base of six feet to eight feet at the top was to surround the post, its inside wall or scarp to be paved with stone to serve as a foundation for the outer garrison walls.

Within the garrison square, the building plan called for a commanding officer's quarters, subalterns or junior officers and surgeon's quarters, soldiers' barracks, guard and musicians' quarters, provision house and carpenter shop, Page 21 saddle and tailor shop, a sutler's room and hospital, a kitchen, and a magazine. A moat four feet deep and flaring from a base of six feet to eight feet at the top was to surround the post, its inside wall or scarp to be paved with stone to serve as a foundation for the outer garrison walls.

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