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

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. 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Battles/Soldiers
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