Arkansas Post National Memorial at Gillett will kick off National Park Week with the 234th anniversary of Colbert’s Raid, Arkansas’ only Revolutionary War Battle.
The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, with a cannon firing. Other firings will follow every half hour until 2 p.m. Also, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., park volunteer Dyan Bohnert of Dumas will present a living history program, Colonial Women, which focuses on women’s roles in colonial-era Arkansas.
The Early Arkansas Reenactors will be on hand to give visitors a look into a colonial era encampment with musket demonstrations, colonial era uniforms, and camp life, according to a news release.
“See the flash, hear the boom as the Arkansas Post Artillery Crew fires the cannon to commemorate the 234th Anniversary of Colbert’s Raid, the only Revolutionary War battle in Arkansas, and the beginning of the nationwide celebration of National Park Week,” a spokesman said.
“Early in the morning of April 17, 1783, British partisans commanded by James Colbert attacked the settlement at Arkansas Post, and laid siege to the Spanish at Fort Carlos III, who were allied with the American cause. Ultimately a Spanish victory, Colbert’s Raid may have been the last battle of the American Revolution,” the spokesman said.
Admission is free and registration is not required at Arkansas Post National Memorial. The park is located on Arkansas 169, approximately three miles south of the intersection of U.S. 165, halfway between DeWitt and Dumas. Details: 870-548-2207.