Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

The Arsenal Crisis


City: Little Rock

County: Pulaski

Location: Behind the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. 9th St.

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, City of Little Rock, Preserve America Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 567279
UTM-Y: 3844260
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.73822743847405
Longitude: -92.26504931192679

Marker Text

The Arsenal Crisis
The Civil War could have begun at this U.S. Arsenal. As other states seceded, rumors that reinforcements were heading for the Arsenal led around 1,000 militia from south and east Arkansas to demand the surrender of the garrison. On Feb. 12, 1861, Capt. James Totten, with no orders from his superiors, abandoned the Arsenal “to avoid the cause of Civil War.” Little Rock’s ladies gave him a sword to show their appreciation of his action.Two months later, Ft. Sumter was attacked.
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
MacArthur Park Museum of Arkansas Military History
City of Little Rock
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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