Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Fort Steele


City: Little Rock

County: Pulaski

Location: 16th and Gaines streets

Sponsor: ACWSC, Civil War Round Table of Arkansas, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 565888
UTM-Y: 3843830
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.73444081
Longitude: -92.28027704

Marker Text

Fort Steele

After occupying Little Rock Sept. 10, 1863, Union officials made plans to fortify the capital city. Construction began Nov. 9 on a square redoubt which will command the city and all principal approaches. The resulting earthwork was named Fort Steele and it became the central point in a network of batteries and rifle pits built to defend Little Rock from Confederate attack. The fort, bristling with cannon and manned by veteran Union infantrymen, apparently did its job well, as Confederate forces never mounted an offensive to retake Little Rock.

No. 67

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Civil War Round Table of Arkansas, Inc.
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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