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National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Arkansas Post Chapter

DeWitt, Arkansas

Organized June 7, 1979

Chapter History

The Arkansas Post Chapter was organized and confirmed by NSDAR on June 7, 1979, with thirteen charter members. Arkansas Post Chapter was named for the site of the only nearby American Revolutionary War conflict. The chapter has received the Society's highest award, the Gold Honor Roll, now called the Achievement Award. Our 50-plus members are very active and knowledgeable regarding DAR. Please visit our site often. We welcome inquiries.

We are the home chapter of Honorary State Regent Jean Sanders Pollard.

view of Old Arkansas Post

Artist's conception of the first Arkansas Post, 1686. This
painting was part of a series done by a St. Louis newspaper commemorating
the 100th aniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.

Arkansas Post National Memorial Site

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History of Arkansas Post

The location of Arkansas Post has a history dating back to 1683, as a fur trading post settled by the French. During the Spanish regime, 1765-1800, Arkansas Post was involved in the American Revolution. On April 17, 1783, Captain James Colbert, British, with one hundred Englishmen and several Chickasaw Indians, attacked Arkansas Post at 2:30 A.M. The British captured several people, among them Senora Villiers. Colbert sent her with a flag of truce to ask the Spanish garrison to surrender. Commandant duBriel refused and he and his men sallied forth, causing the British to retreat. Around noon, Colbert and his men were fleeing back down the Arkansas River. The Spanish, being allies of this new struggling nation, defended Fort San Carlos III.

Later in the day, the Quapaw came to the assistance of the garrison. Colbert and his men, were overtaken. The chief forced Colbert to release all but four captives. The English leader later freed them,also.

By treaties signed in 1782 and 1783, the American Revolutionary War came to an end. The battle at Arkansas Post could possibly have been the last battle of the war. The Colbert Incident was only one of two battles fought west of the Mississippi River.

Arkansas Post, today, is a National Memorial. The Arkansas State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, placed a $15,000 Commemorative tribute there as their 'Gift to the People', during the American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration.

Chapter Officers

RegentJean S. Pollard
Vice RegentMary Burkett
RegistrarMarilyn Sickel
Recording SecretaryDebra Shea
TreasurerJanet Scherm
ChaplainJanice Reed
HistorianMary Bisbee
LibrarianSharon Derden

Meetings

Arkansas Post Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from September to May at 2 P.M.

Information about the Arkansas Post Chapter

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