JACKSONPORT, AR - On February 15, 1898, the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana, Cuba sparked the beginning of the Spanish-American War.
Next year, Jacksonport State Park near Newport will focus on the soldiers of Jackson County during this brief conflict in its newest exhibit. "Although most of the soldiers in Jackson County did not see active combat during this war, their story is a vital and fascinating piece of area history," said park curator Angela Jackson.
The exhibit will specifically focus on how the soldiers in Company F from Newport lived while they were stationed in Camp Thomas in Georgia and Camp Shipp in Alabama.