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Take a step back into Arkansas history this weekend as a state park memorializes a major anniversary of a local and critical battle in the Civil War.

That battle was the Battle of the Arkansas Post. The public is invited to celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend (Jan. 19-20) at the Arkansas Post Museum State Park, 5530 U.S. 165 South, Gillett, which is 95 miles southeast of Little Rock.

The celebration will allow the public to experience an authentic representation of the battle of Arkansas Post along with an up-close look at a Civil War soldier’s life in a battlefield encampment, as well as battle reenactments, a period dance and a non-denominational period church service. 

The Arkansas Post National Memorial will also hold a commemorative service to honor those who fought at the battle site.

View the full schedule for the weekend here.

The Battle of Arkansas Post, part of the Vicksburg Campaign, took place from January 9-11, 1863. During the encounter, also referred to as the Battle of Fort Hindman, Federal troops were trying to stop Confederate harassment of Union shipping along the Arkansas River and possibly mounting an offensive attack against Little Rock, the Arkansas capital.

To find more information about the celebration, click here or call 870-548-2634.