Arkansas In The Civil WarOne of the most and best-interpreted sites in the region is Battery C. You may have read recent posts regarding this site, but nothing compares to visit in person.

One of the many interpretative panels atop Crowley’s Ridge on Battery C park is a map of the battle. Designed and researched by Mudpuppy and Waterdog, Inc., the markers in the Civil War Helena initiative are all consistent and provide a full picture of what happened in the Delta town from 1861-1865. The panel in the photo above shows the main attack plan. The man in the photo is General Dandrige McRae, whose forces were among those that captured Battery C. This struggle will be one of the historic scenarios that will unfold on March 14, 2015.

Also take notice of the iron soldier with his rifle in hand, charging the Union works atop Battery C. These iron soldiers have become one of the trademarks of the Civil War Helena interpretative elements found both on Battery C and Freedom Park. These iron soldiers will be featured soon on the Arkansas Toothpick.

The picture above is a photograph taken on the last day of 2014 from the eastern edge of Battery C facing east. The red-roofed home you see was the headquarters for General Fredrick Solomon during the July 4, 1863 Battle of Helena. To the right of the home you can see the revetments of Fort Curtis. Notice the Mississippi River below the tree line in the distance.

Battery C Park, maintained by the Delta Cultural Center, is open daily from 9am-5pm. A map of the park is below.