Fort Curtis (1862-1865) - A U.S. Army post established in 1862 during the U.S. Civil War in Phillips County, Arkansas. Named for Union General Samuel R. Curtis. Abandoned near the end of the war in 1865.
Fort Curtis History
Union forces captured Helena, Arkansas in the summer of 1862 and erected five earthworks fortifications, one of which was Fort Curtis. Two companies of the 33rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry manned the fort with three, 30 pounder Parrott cannons.
The forts at Helena were attacked by 7,648 Confederates on 4 July 1863. The Union forces prevailed and the Confederates suffered over 2,000 dead and wounded. The fort was abandoned after the battle and was reoccupied between between January and March 1865.
Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas