July 31 saw the final day of a four day expedition from Helena to Old Town and Trenton. The Summer of 1862 was very active in the Arkansas Delta region with Helena the hub of activity. On July 31, 1864 there was an action near Fort Smith.
Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.
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