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Little Rock marks 150 years since fall to US hands

By KELLY P. KISSEL
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' capital city marked 150 years since its fall to U.S. troops during the Civil War with a ceremony at an arsenal that served troops from the North and South.

Seemingly appropriate, the power went out Tuesday afternoon at Little Rock's MacArthur Military Museum, located in the old arsenal building where Gen. Douglas MacArthur was born in 1880. The darkened staircases gave the place an especially historic feel before the museum highlighted the return of 2 battle flags to the state.

Members of the 3rd Iowa Calvary seized Little Rock, weeks after Iowa troops forced the surrender of the 37th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Helena.

Iowa historians loaned the Arkansas museum the regimental flags, and the pair are in Arkansas for the first time since the war.

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