Friday, April 11, 2008
Arkansas Post, Conclusion
This post will conclude our series on Arkansas Post National Memorial. If you read the previous posts by checking the Archives section.
The flag in this photograph is the faded banner of the "Travis Rifles" (Company C, 6th Texas Infantry). The company was captured, along with its flag, during the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. The "A.R." on the flag stands for the "Austin Rifles," another name for the unit. The men of the 6th Texas were exchanged later during the year and went on to fight in Tennessee and Georgia. The flag remained in private hands for many years, finally winding up in the possession of an Oklahoma family. Through their courtesy, it was donated to Arkansas Post National Memorial and is now a prominent display in the Visitors Center.
Arkansas Post National Memorial today preserves and protects the rich history not only of the Civil War battle, but the more than three hundred years of settlement on the site. The last battle of the American Revolution was fought here in 1783 and a series of forts and towns stood on the bluff.
To learn more about Arkansas Post National Memorial, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/arkansaspost.