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In Arkansas, local militia seize the U.S. Arsenal at Little Rock

Tower Building, Little Rock Arsenal, Little Rock Arkansas, 1934
02/08/1861
Rumors of the reinforcement of the U.S. Arsenal had spread quickly in Little Rock during the previous week and Arkansas militia and other secessionists had gathered spontaneously around the installation without the apparent sanction of the governor, Henry Rector.  To forestall a clash, Rector was forced to demand a surrender.  This was negotiated and local militia took the Arsenal and its reported 9000 stands of small arms. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 61. 

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