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Henry Massey Rector to the Freemen of Arkansas, Little Rock, May 5, 1862

Henry Massey Rector, detail
Union advances up and down the Mississippi River during the spring of 1862 placed Arkansas in a precarious position. The state's governor, Henry Massey Rector, called for the assembling of an additional militia for home defense of 4,500 men in thirty companies of cavalry and twenty of infantry. Men were to assemble in companies and bring their own firearms. Rector prefaced his announcement with a stinging attack on the Northern invader and a powerful and emotional call to Arkansas and Confederate patriotism. He specifically called for "men of means and leisure," even those older, to answer the call in preference to farmers who were needed to plant and tend crops. (By John Osborne)

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