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Devil's Backbone Battlefield

Stretching along the horizon south of Fort Smith, the rocky ridge provided a natural barrier dividing the Arkansas River valley from the Ouachitas region to the south. While portions of the 10-acre Devil's Backbone Battlefield have suffered from development, most of the historic landscape retains its 1863 integrity.  Some of the Confederate defensive works still exist. A monument commemorating the battle is located on the northern slope of Devil’s Backbone adjacent to U. S. Route 71 just southwest of the town of Greenwood, Arkansas.

Devil's Backbone Battlefield: What's Nearby

Greenwood, AR
Civil War  |  Fort
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith, AR


The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 10 acres at Devil's Backbone Battlefield.

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Related Battles

Sebastian County, AR | September 1, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Estimated Casualties