HELENA-WEST HELENA — On Thursday, July 4, the Delta Cultural Center (DCC) at Helena-West Helena will host a weapons and artillery demonstration to commemorate the July 4, 1863, Civil War battle of Helena.


Civil War period re-enactors will gather at Fort Curtis from 9 a.m. to noon to begin this special event. Fort Curtis is located at 350 Columbia St. in downtown Helena. The event is free open to the public, according to a news release.


“Fort Curtis, named for the Union general in command, was one of five fortified positions which enabled Union soldiers to repulse a Confederate attack on July 4, 1863. On the day of the attack 4,129 Union officers and soldiers were positioned in and around the fort against 7,646 Confederate troops. Over 1,800 men were killed, wounded, or captured in the campaign. The battle of Helena proved to be among the most significant engagements of the war in the Trans-Mississippi,” according to the release.


Helena’s 3/4 scale replica of the original fort will be the site for the July 4 reenactment.


“The public will be able to experience an earthen fort firsthand, including the huge 24-pounder cannons. Re-enactors will offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the lifestyles of Civil War soldiers who fought at the Battle of Helena,” according to the release.


“The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all eight divisions within the Department of Arkansas Heritage — to preserve and promote Arkansas Heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction,” according to the release.


Details: Richard Spilman, DCC education coordinator, richard.spilman@arkansas.gov or 870-338-4350.