8-06-1860: Election Day, Arkansas political “family” routed. Thomas C. Hindman wins House seat, Rector wins Governorship. Arkansas voted for Breckenridge.
November 1860: Captain James Totten and 65 men of the 2nd U.S. Artillery arrive quietly in Little Rock and garrison the previously unguarded Federal Arsenal.
11-15-1860: Governor Rector inaugurated. In his inaugural speech he becomes the first State official to openly call for secession.
11-17-1860: Secession meeting called in Camden, 4 people show up.
11-23-24-1860: Congressman Hindman and Congressman Gantt address the legislature in hopes to stir the flagging secession sentiment.
12-12-1860: Special message from the Governor asking that a secession convention be called “to determine the will of the people”.
12-12-1860: “Southern States” newspaper founded in Little Rock to advocate secession.
12-22-1860: House of Representatives passes bill forming secession convention.