Scenic USA - Arkansas
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Fort Smith National Cemetery
|Photo by Ben Prepelka|
General William Bradford and his troops arrived at the confluence of the Poteau and Arkansas rivers on Christmas day in 1817. Their main objective was to establish a military post in a newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. As eastern settlers moved into the new territory, hostilities increased with native populations of Cherokee and Osage Indians. Fort Smith became the westernmost outpost in the new territory, with hopes to quell the unrest. Despite its importance, the army soon pulled out of the base due to high rates of disease and death. The Fort Smith National Cemetery was established at this time, burying the bodies of 25 percent of the command.
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