"The Battle That Saved Missouri for the Union" Pea Ridge National Military Park by mrclay2000

Ozark Conflict - Not the First or Last

After the Federal setback at Wilson's Creek (Springfield, Missouri) in 1861, which also retarded the consolidation of Confederate strength in the area, the Union turned the tables on the Rebs at Pea Ridge near modern-day Garfield, Arkansas. Most Civil War enthusiasts will take both parks in conjunction, but history buffs will also be pleased to note that the road in between forms part of the infamous "Trail of Tears" route that relocated thousands of Indians to the Indian Territories farther west (modern-day Oklahoma).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery, epic history
  • Cons:Rattlesnakes in the low ground, horribly hot and humid in summer
  • In a nutshell:Essential battlefield site for Civil War buffs
  • Last visit to Pea Ridge National Military Park: Jul 1996
  • Intro Written May 11, 2003
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  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I may stop off here this summer and your information has bee very helpful. Thank you.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2006 at 5:40 AM

    Few people know about the Battle of Pea Ridge unless they are Historians or Civil War Buffs, that latter which includes myself. Very good and informative pages.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2003 at 7:57 PM

    Now, you've hit on our reason for visiting this area. We have even seen some of the reenactments. My husband has all the Civil War books.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2003 at 7:49 AM

    You are a Man for a different Time. Good look at an important site in western Civil War history. Just make sure those 'mock' cannons aren't spiked.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2003 at 1:13 PM

    I suppose that is what a civil war is. Having the battle lines drawn up on your front lawn.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2003 at 8:47 AM

    Shelby Foote himself could not have given a better overview.

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2003 at 7:00 AM

    I can picture the cannons and the artillery shooting! This must be a must see for Civil War enthusiasts. Well written. Rattlesnakes are not harmless creatures...


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