Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

U.S.C.T. in Helena


City: Helena-West Helena

County: Phillips

Location: Corner of Columbia and York Streets

Sponsor: ACWSC, CW Helena, H-WH A&P Comm., Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 721006
UTM-Y: 3823090
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.52578978
Longitude: -90.59212603

Marker Text

U.S.C.T. In Helena

On April 6, 1863, Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas made a speech at Ft. Curtis seeking to enlist former slaves into the U.S. army. The next day, hundreds of black men joined the 1st Arkansas Infantry (African Descent). Later designated U.S. Colored Troops, these soldiers took an active role in winning freedom for Arkansas slaves. The 54th, 57th, and part of the 69th U.S.C.T. were raised from Phillips Co. men. U.S.C.T. were in Helena from April 1863 until wars end. The U.S.C.T. faced hardship and prejudice but fought well and served with distinction.

No. 52

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Civil War Helena
Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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