One hundred and fifty years ago, the citizens of Washington, Arkansas held a public meeting and drew up a resolution that showed the will and moxie of a community that would apparently not give in to the Yankee oppression the state of Arkansas was experiencing as the Union commanders attempted to ready Arkansas for readmission back into the Union.
In the meeting, it was ascertained by the community as a whole that “our cause is a just one. That our women are patriotic–our soldiers gallant–and that, unaided by foreign powers, our Government will achieve for itself a glorious Independence.” The resolution went on to note that the people of Washington, Arkansas would never consent to reconstruction, “That we regard the act of separation as irrevocable as an edict of Divine Justice.”
The resolution concludes with an issue of loyalty and of holding Southerns accountable for their actions: ” That with loyal men who are unavoidably in the hands of the enemy we sympathise [sic] deeply–but with traitors we hold no fellowship now or hereafter and we request our Senators and Representatives in Congress to procure the passage of a law providing for the immediate seizure and confiscation of the property of those who may subsequent to the passage thereof abandon the Confederate States and flee to the enemy–declaring all sales made previous to such flight, as void, upon presumption of fraud.”
Military actions that took place within Arkansas one hundred and fifty years ago include a skirmish in Monticello on the 18th of March; an expedition from Rolling Prairie to Batesville on the 20th; a skirmish at Arkadelphia and Roseville Creek on the 20th; Steele’s expedition from Little Rock to Camden began on March 23, skirmishes on the Benton Road on the 23-24th; and a skirmish at Oil Trough Bottom on the 24th.