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Pope County, Arkansas

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The county was formed on November 2, 1829 and named for John Pope, the third governor of the Arkansas Territory.

A large Democratic majority was ardently split into a "town or country" dichotomy at the local level. Further, the county was split between Union and Confederate sympathizers, with deep grudges held by both sides for grievances committed during the opposite's rule during the war. After the war, Republicans controlled local government and the Democrats controlled the county economy. The political situation and cultural differences kept tensions high between the groups, occasionally resulting in violence. The most violent episode came to be known as the Pope County Militia War, a six-month drama involving robbery, plundering and murder. The state-controlled militia eventually arrived to enforce martial law in the county, making the local Democrats who were providing armed resistance to Governor Powell Clayton's Republican army heroes to Confederate sympathizers around the state.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns, Townships & Communities

Atkins | Augsburg | Bayliss | Burnett | Center | Clark | Convenience | Dover | Freeman | Galla | Griffin | Gum Log | Hector | Illinois | Jackson | Liberty | London | Martin | Moreland | Nogo | Phoenix | Pottsville | Russellville (County Seat) | Smyrna | Valley | Wilson


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Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Holla Bend Nat'l Wildlife Ref. (part)

Ozark Francis Nat'l Forest (part)