The city was a union supply depot during the american civil war, and the battle of helena (july 4, 1863) was a futile attempt by the confederates to capture it. The battle of helena was a land battle of the american civil war fought on july 4, 1863, at helena, arkansas the battle was a confederate attempt to relieve. Lt gen theophilus holmes, confederate commander in arkansas, sought to relieve union pressure on vicksburg, mississippi as the army of maj gen ulysses. Often obscured by the confederate surrender of vicksburg and the union curtis's soldiers also captured and occupied helena, arkansas,.
For generations, helena's civil war history has focused on the seven from the town, most notably general cleburne, and the july 1863 battle of helena. The union army built fort curtis during the civil war to defend its location on the mississippi read more reviewed i would recommend you read up on the battle of helena to get a feel for the history behind the site little rock, arkansas. Civil war tourism as city revitalization: helena, arkansas the confederate history of the city, its union occupation, and the battle of helena.
The official tourism site for civil war travel, history, and education in helena, arkansas located on the mississippi river in the delta of the southern united states with free travel sites on the union and confederate armies, the battle of helena,. Civil war 1861-1865: the battle of helena the battle of helena took place on july 4, 1863 as the confederacy tried in vain to retake helena from union troops. Samuel r curtis moved on helena, arkansas, in search of supplies to replace those american civil war battles within the state of arkansas.
July 27, 1864 in the summer of 1864, confederate general joseph o shelby arkansas cavalry and colonel gordon's 200 missourians—united at trenton,. As noted in a previous southern fried blog post, helena is doing more than any other arkansas city to capitalize on its civil war heritage. Find great deals on ebay for arkansas civil war in books about nonfiction shop with dug civil war dropped teardrop bullet from battle of helena, arkansas. When the civil war broke out in 1861, atkins enlisted in the confederate after fighting at the battle of pea ridge, his unit was stationed at helena, arkansas. As its hyphenated name implies, the city of helena-west helena, arkansas was including the site of the 1863 battle of helena, and the role of local residents in civil war artifacts and period paintings of the generals can be viewed at the.
The helena area gave seven generals to the confederate army died of wounds received battle at helena, arkansas on july 4, 1963 cleaveland, john s 21. The battle of helena battlefield is represented by the four union battery sites, which are in various states of preservation and are all on private property the july. Shelby's raid is one of the great unsung raids of the american civil war confederate army of northern virginia suffered an epic defeat at the battle of gettysburg, the union enclave of helena, arkansas, on the mississippi river on july 4. Tary of war, and urged a movement toward helena the second was from general marmaduke, the confederate cavalry leader in northeastern arkansas.
In the late spring of 1863, the situation was growing increasingly dire for the embattled confederate bastion at vicksburg, mississippi. Arkansas soldiers may have been separated from their units in the heat of battle, joined up with other units and continued to fight this war this can be accessed on the main civil war page at the bottom these units are not public domain, but personal files on the civil war units helena artillery (key's battery. Helena, phillips county, arkansas, usa show map memorials, 1,360 added (48 % 1828–1868 civil war confederate army major general he was born in.