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Fort Smith: Little Gibraltar on the Arkansas [ Stated First Edition ]

Bearss, Edwin C.;Gibson, Arrell M.

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ISBN 10: 0806112328 / ISBN 13: 9780806112329
Published by Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1988
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Title: Fort Smith: Little Gibraltar on the Arkansas...

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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No history of the West is complete without the story of Fort Smith, the fort that “refused to die.” Established in 1817, Fort Smith was repeatedly abandoned and reoccupied during the following fifty years, eventually becoming the mother post of the Southwest.
 
The original fort was installed on the Arkansas River by Major William Bradford and a company of the Rifles Regiment. Bradford’s mission was to stop a bloody war between the Osages and the Cherokees, a conflict discouraging the emigration of eastern Indians to the lands west of the Mississippi and thereby interfering with the government’s removal policy.
 
During the Civil War, Confederate armies at Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove were supplied from Fort Smith, and the Rebel force that crushed Opothleyoholo’s band marched from Fort Smith. The fort was taken by Federal troops in September 1863 and served as a Union base for the remainder of the Civil War.
 
In 1871 the army again abandoned the fort, but the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas soon moved in. Under Judge Isaac Parker, the renowned “Hanging Judge of Fort Smith,” the court became a force for law and order in much of Indian Territory.

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Edwin C. Bearss was Research Historian for Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi.

Arrell Morgan Gibson (1921–1987) was the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He was the author of many books on western history, including The Chickasaws, The Life and Death of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain, and Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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