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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Little Rock Arsenal

 
 
<i>The Little Rock Arsenal</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. The Little Rock Arsenal Marker
Inscription. Shortly after Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836, the Federal government established the Little Rock Arsenal for the storage of munitions and weapons in defense of the frontier. Eventually, more than thirty buildings were constructed on this 36-acre site, including an armory, officers' quarters, barracks for enlisted men and a variety of other buildings necessary for the routine operation of a military post. The existing brick tower building, constructed in 1840, is the arsenal's only remaining structure.

In February 1861, armed citizens threatened to seize the arsenal in anticipation of Arkansas's secession from the Union. A confrontation was averted when authorities negotiated a peaceful compromise with the commander, Captain James Totten, and Federal troops withdrew from Little Rock. After Arkansas seceded in May 1861, Confederate forces used the arsenal until September 11, 1863, when Union troops commanded by General Frederick Steele captured Little Rock.

Renamed the Little Rock Barracks in 1873, the post was used to garrison troops until its closure in 1890. Douglas MacArthur was born in this building on January 26, 1880 while his father was stationed here. In 1892, the Federal government traded the property to the City of Little Rock for 1,000 acres in North Little Rock on which Fort Roots was built.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in background.
All the structures except the tower building were removed and the arsenal grounds became a city park, later named MacArthur Park in honor of General Douglas MacArthur.

Insets:
General Douglas MacArthur
January 26, 1880 - April 5, 1964

Douglas MacArthur had a distinguished military career that spanned three world conflicts and lasted more than fifty years. MacArthur graduated from West Point in 1903 and became one of America's most highly decorated World War I soldiers. During World War II, he led Allied troops n the Pacific, accepted Japan's surrender and oversaw the rebuilding of its government following the war. MacArthur led United Nations forces in Korea until President Truman relieved him of command. MacArthur returned to the United States in 1951, where he remained until his death.
In a speech at West Point, he urged the cadets to remember their motto "Duty, Honor, Country" through out their careers and their lives. MacArthur added, "These three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral law promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever are for the things that are right and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.

Captain James Totten, U.S.A.
September 11, 1818 - Oct. 2, 1891

James Totten graduated from West Point in 1841 and served in the U.S. Army in both the Mexican and Seminole wars. In December 1860 he was sent to Little Rock, where his father was a prominent physician, to command Federal troops at the arsenal. Their presence sparked a confrontation that brought Arkansas to the brink of armed conflict. Following several tense days, Capt. Totten withdrew his troops on February 12, 1861 to avoid "an effusion of blood."
The women of Little Rock presented him with an engraved sword in appreciation. Totten fought in Missouri during the Civil War and was later promoted to brigadier general.

Captain S.C. Faulkner, C.S.A.
March 5, 1807 - August 4, 1874

Sandford C. Faulkner was born in Kentucky and settled in Chico County, Arkansas in 1829, later moving to Little Rock. He became regionally famous as the Arkansas Traveler, credited by many for both the dialog and tune of the same name. He served in the Confederate Army as Captain of Ordnance at the Little Rock Arsenal from the summer of 1861 until August 1863, and later at Tyler, Texas.
After the war, Faulkner gained popularity in public service. Faulkner County was named for him in 1873. Often referred to as Colonel, Faulkner's obituary stated that "Sandy" was beloved by all who knew him.

Captions
Advertisement from Arkansas Gazette, Dated September 26, 1861
Map: Map of Little Rock and vicinity dated December 22, 1864, prepared by U.S. Army from National Archives and Records Service, showing U.S. Arsenal grounds and buildings.

 
Erected by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Little Rock Parks & Recreation, and the Rotary Club of Little Rock.
 
Location. 34° 44.292′ N, 92° 15.905′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from East 9th Street. Touch for map. Located behind the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Marker is at or near this postal address: 503 East 9th Street, Little Rock AR 72202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Story of David O. Dodd (here, next to this marker); The Arsenal Crisis (here, next to this marker); In Memory of David O. Dodd (here, next to this marker); United Spanish War Veterans Tribute (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mehlburger Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); 206th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camden Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of United Spanish War Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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