Battle of Helena and July 4 Commemoration

Featured Image Union Soldiers Firing Cannon at Fort Curtis
Battle of Helena and July 4 Commemoration
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Delta Cultural Center
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Starting
Jul 03, 09:00AM
Ending
Jul 03, 12:00PM
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Location
350 Columbia, Helena-West Helena, AR, United States, 72342
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Richard Spilman

Education Coordinator

On July 4, 1863, one of the largest battles of the American Civil War in Arkansas took place at Helena. The Federal garrison under Major General Benjamin Prentiss defended the town against a Confederate army under the direction of Lieutenant General Theophilus Holmes. This decisive Union victory along with Confederate losses at Vicksburg and Gettysburg turned the tide of the war. In commemoration of this event, the Delta Cultural Center will be hosting a special program with period re-enactors at Fort Curtis. There will be a weapons and artillery demonstration. Visitors may also interact with re-enactors and learn about the American Civil War. Although not an official re-enactment, members of Battery G, 1st Michigan Light Artillery will conduct cannon firing demonstrations for the public.  For more information, contact education coordinator Richard Spilman at (870) 338-4350 or [email protected]

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