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rouble was brewing to the southwest of Arkansas in 1846. Ostensibly at issue was the border dispute between Mexico and Texas, but darker issues were at the heart of the matter. One was "Manifest Destiny" and the nation's lust to expand to the Pacific. Another was the South's desire for additional territories suitable for slavery and the plantation system, so that it might maintain its precarious balance of power with the North. Many in Arkansas were eager to fight for more personal reasons: to test their mettle in battle or to cover themselves in glory to further their political careers. "Try us" was the motto of one of the Arkansas companies.

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