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This is a great article on a little-known area of Arkansas military history, but to fully define the title Arkansas State Guard, it should mention that the term was also the official title of the state militia from the time of Reconstruction until the passage of the 1903 Militia Act, also known as the "Dick Act." The Dick Act provided for federal funding of state militia units in return for the states' adopting federal standards and receiving federal recognition for their units. In Arkansas, the necessary enabling legislation was enacted and the former Arkansas State Guard became the Arkansas National Guard in 1907. The name Arkansas State Guard was revived as outlined in the article to provide for a force to respond to state emergencies while the Arkansas National Guard was activated for federal service. 


Damon Cluck
North Little Rock, AR