Below is a great historical find -- a report from the U. S. Congress from 1874, called "Condition Of Affairs In The State Of Arkansas." It turns out that after the Civil War, there was another war in Arkansas called the "Brooks and Baxter War." It occurred during reconstruction when the only nominees for governor were two Republicans. The election was filled with fraud on both sides. Both sides claimed to have won the election, and each side ended up with their own army of over 1000 men supporting their candidate. One side raided the Little Rock armory for arms. The other side pulled a large cannon from the Civil War out of the river and pointed it in the direction of the opposition.
During a four week period of time, about 200 people were killed during clashes. The war ended when Ulysses S. Grant declared Baxter the winner. The cannon that had been pulled out of the river was fired to celebrate the Baxter victory, but the man who fired it was badly injured, making him the last casualty of the war. The attached link gives a little more history on the war. It was written in the NWA Democrat Gazette on April 1, 2019, by Celia Storey. Click on link below to view: