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I question the accuracy of this statement: “Conway assigned a militia unit of nearly 200 armed men to federal officials at Fort Towson.”
The Arkansas Regiment of Mounted Gunmen and the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Regiment of Arkansas Mounted Gunmen were actually called out by Governor Fulton, not Conway. Fulton called out a total of 792 Arkansas militiamen in response to a call from Secretary of War Cass and General Gains.
The Butler Center has in its collection a copy of James L. Morgan’s Arkansas Volunteers of 1836-1837 and “Arkansas Militia 1836-1860,” Arkansas Military Journal, Arkansas Militia Foundation 3.3 (Spring 1995).
Another good explanation of this is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Militia_and_the_War_with_Mexico#Indian_Removal

Damon Cluck
North Little Rock, AR