Arkansas in the Civil War
The Civil War in the Natural State
Prairie Grove
The historic Borden House
overlooks the field where North
and South battled in 1862.
Fort Smith
The Fort Smith area is rich in
Civil War history, including
battlefields, a nationally-
significant historic fort and
well-preserved landmarks.
A line of cannon at Pea Ridge mark the
point where Federal soldiers turned back
a Confederate army in one of the largest
Civil War battles west of the Mississippi.
On a cold, foggy day you can
almost still see the armies
moving across the field at Pea
Ridge National Military Park.

It was here, on March 7 and 8,
1862, that thousands of men
from North and South faced off
in the largest battle ever fought
west of the Mississippi River.
The prize was no less than the
state of Missouri.

Pea Ridge is just one of a
number of Civil War sites
preserved and open to the
public in the Natural State. The
National Park Service also
preserves old Fort Smith and
Arkansas Post. The state
maintains a number of other
sites, including the
well-preserved battlefield at
Prairie Grove.
Follow these links to explore the
Civil War in Arkansas:
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Fort Smith, Massard Prairie, Devil's
Pea Ridge National Military Park
War Eagle Mill
Southern Seizure of Fort Smith
The Battle of Cane Hill
The Battle of Dripping Springs
The Battle of Van Buren
Arkansas Post National Memorial
The Battle of
Massard Prairie
by Dale Cox
The first full-length account of
the 1864 Confederate attack on
Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Proceeds benefit the Cane Hill Battlefield Driving Tour Project