After a few long weeks of wondering what the outcome would be of over 60 U.S. Artillerymen taking control of the Little Rock Arsenal after years of it being vacated, this week’s column reflects the eventual outcome, without one single shot being fired: the yankees were forced out by the people of Arkansas amid the multitude of uncertainty sweeping across the nation.
The following source from the Official Records shows that on February 12, 1861, Totten and his men were to embark on the steamer Madora, which would transport the bluecoats back to the North, St. Louis to be exact:
LITTLE ROCK, ARK., February 10, 1861.
SIR: In answer to your telegram dated Washington, February 9, 1861, I this morning answered by telegraph as follows:
I have retired with my command from Little Rock Arsenal, and the governor of Arkansas, in the name of the United States, has charge of all the public property, to hold the same until legally absolved from the trust. I have reported particulars by mail, and shall duplicate them, and explain the whole matter thoroughly. I shall order and proceed with my command to Saint Louis, where I beg that orders may be sent me for my future guidance.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, Second Artillery.
Colonel S. COOPER,
Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington City, D. C.
ORDERS, CAMP AT FLETCHER’S LANDING,
Vicinity of Little Rock, Ark., February 12, 1861.
This command, consisting of Company F, Second Artillery, and the enlisted men of the Ordnance Department formerly garrisoning Little Rock Arsenal, will embark to-day on the steamboat Madora, and proceed direct to Saint Louis, Mo., and reported to the general commanding the Department of the West for orders as to its future movements.
Captain, Second Artillery, Commanding.