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The Swamp Fox and My Delta

In the early days of April 1862, a small and tired group of Missourians marched into Helena.  They must have seemed like a strange site to the citizens of the river town since they were the first organized body of Confederates they had seen since hundreds of their men had marched off to war in… Read More ›

The Union Army Marches into Helena

In 1862, the Union Army under General Samuel Curtis marched into Helena, Arkansas. They would remain until 1866. Thousands of African Americans would flee to Helena because they knew freedom was there. The Battle of Helena took place on July 4, 1863. Helena was the starting point for the Yazoo Pass Expedition in an attempt… Read More ›

Battery C

Battery C is a park operated by the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. It describes the struggle for Battery C on Graveyard Hill during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. It has an amazing overlook of Helena and the Mississippi River. On this hill was where some of the fiercest fighting took… Read More ›

Freedom Park

Freedom Park was established in Helena, Arkansas to honor the role of African Americans in the Civil War. The Delta Cultural Center operates the property.  It is located on a site where African Americans lived who fled slavery during the Civil War. Helena was Union occupied during the war and thousands of men, women, and… Read More ›

Thomas S. Hindman House

Thomas S. Hindman was a wealthy citizen who lived in Helena and rose to the rank of General in the Civil War.  His home was taken over when the Union Army marched into Helena and became a Federal Headquarters. He briefly lived in Mexico after the war ended before returning to Arkansas.  He is buried… Read More ›

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