Photographs of the Secession

Z.L. McGowan contemplates being annexed by Arkansas. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Z.L. McGowan meets with Chief Saugee to discuss potentially giving the Territory back to the Natives. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

The McDonald Territory Land Office. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Z.L. McGowan and members of the McDonald Territory Border Patrol alongside the Border Patrol Truck. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Letter from Arkansas Representative, David J. Burleson to Z. L. McGowan, which showed Arkansas’ support for McDonald County’s attempt to secede in order to gain recognition. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Page one of David J. Burleson’s letter to Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus about supporting the McDonald Territory Secession, possibly even annexing the County. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Page two of David Burleson’s letter to Orval Faubus. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

McDonald Territory soldiers preparing for the Battle of Noel. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

Letter to Z. L. McGowan from the President and General Manager of Joplin, Missouri, declaring their support of the secession. Courtesy of the McDonald County Historical Society.

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