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Arkansas Post National Memorial

1741 Old Post Road, Gillett, AR 72055, USA

By mid-1862, Union gunboats commanded most of the Mississippi River. When the gunboats went up the White River into the heart of Arkansas, the Confederates began to prepare defenses on the Arkansas River, an important water route to the capital at Little Rock. Before the end of 1862, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. Churchill completed an earthen fortification at Arkansas Post called Fort Hindman or Post of Arkansas. In January 1863, the Battle of Arkansas Post saw nearly twenty-five thousand Union soldiers tangle with almost six thousand Confederate troops. Union ironclad gunboats showered the greatly outnumbered defenders of Fort Hindman. The resulting Union victory opened the way for the capture of Little Rock and later the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi.


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The entrance to the park is on Arkansas Hwy 169, seven miles south of Gillett, via US Hwy 165 (The Great River Road), and about 20 miles northeast of Dumas, via US 165. From Little Rock, AR: Take I-530 south and continue to Pine Bluff. When I-530 ends, exit to US Hwy 65. Follow US 65 to Gould, AR and turn left onto Arkansas Hwy 212. When Hwy 212 ends, turn left onto US Hwy 165, and cross over the Arkansas River. Continue on US 165 for five miles, and turn right on Arkansas Hwy 169. Follow it two miles, turn right onto Old Post Road into the park.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, gift shop, museum; trails.

Regular Events


Available Interpretation

Historic film, exhibits, guided tours, and historic weapons demonstrations.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee



Park: Daily 8:00 A.M. to sunset; Visitor Center: Daily 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Visitors Center closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.



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