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(March 2008) Enlarge The original site of Fort Hindman is now covered by water. The bastioned earthwork was subjected to an intense naval bombardment during the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 10-11, 1863. Although the guns of the fort were eventually silenced, the Confederate artillerymen inflicted heavy damage on the Union tinclad "Rattler." At a key stage of the battle, Ohio infantrymen were sent forward to storm the works, but found themselves pinned down in close range of the fort
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(March 2008) Enlarge These are the very faint remains of the Confederate rifle pits that stretched from Fort Hindman on the Arkansas River across the peninsula to Post Bayou. The crest of the breastworks can barely be seen in the center of the photograph. When the Union army approached, Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Churchill ordered his available infantry and dismounted cavalry into the works. This section of the line was held by the 17th and 18th Texas Cavalry
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(March 2008) Enlarge The Confederates spaced their available field artillery along the line of rifle pits at the beginning of the battle. This piece is placed at roughly the point where the main Union infantry attack struck the Confederate line during the fighting of January 11, 1863. Union troops advanced to within 100 yards of this position twice, but were driven back by concentrated Confederate fire. This section of the Southern line only surrendered after being directly ordered to do so by Gen. Churchill.
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(March 2008) Enlarge The main Union land attack moved across this ground during the Battle of Arkansas Post. Thirteen regiments of Union troops moved from right to left against this scene to attack a section of Confederate rifle pits held by only four regiments of dismounted Southern cavalry. The attack was driven back twice and the Confederates only surrendered when directly ordered to do so. The road seen here is the park road leading to the picnic area. It winds through the site of the land battle at Arkansas Post
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(March 1997) Arkansas Post Visitor Center
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(March 2008) Enlarge The "Semper Fi" flag of the Travis Rifles (also known as the Austin Rifles) can be seen today in the Visitor Center at Arkansas Post National Memorial. This unit was Company C of the 6th Texas Infantry. The flag was captured by Corporal Ira B. Whitney of the 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. The men of Company C were captured at the same time. Exchanged later that same year, they went on to fight in Tennessee and Georgia
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(March 2008) Enlarge This cannonball was fired during the Battle of Arkansas Post (January 10-11, 1863). It is now housed at the Arkansas Post State Museum, a second museum located near the national memorial. It weighs 102 pounds and is one of several artifacts from the battle now on display at the state museum
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