"Little Battle with big results" Pea Ridge National Military Park by Toughluck

Beginning of the second day, the rebel forces of Gen. Van Dorn, emerged from the woods, over-running the batteries of cannon around Elkhorn Tavern. Day one had started as a strategic win over the Union forces of Gen. Curtis, as unseen, the the columns of men in Grey moved around Pea Ridge. It ended in rout as Gen. McCullough tried to overcome the poor roads around the ridge, thus exposing his men to Union troops watching the rear of the Union positions.

Day two again started with rebel gains. Surprised by the size of the Rebel army, the Union troops are pushed back across barren farm fields on this winter day. But the same open fields halts the Confederate advance. Lack of supplies and wornout men, lead to a withdrawal order to save the Confederate fighting force of western Arkansas.

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  • Pros:The scenery looks much as it did in 1862 on the day of the battle.
  • Cons:Don't look for all the monuments of the bigger eastern battlefields.
  • Last visit to Pea Ridge National Military Park: Aug 2000
  • Intro Updated Mar 17, 2010
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