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Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park commemorates the Civil War battle that occured here on 7 and 8 March 1862. Here 26,000 soldiers fought to decide the fate of Missouri. Even though the Confederate Forces won the early battles, the Union Forces under Brigadier General Samuel Curtis defeated the Confederate Forces under Major General Van Dorn essentially keeping Missouri under Union control. This battle followed closely the battle at Wilson's Creek and was a pivotal battle in the Civial War. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their way of life. Pea Ridge is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the country. In addition to the battlefields there is also the Ruddick Farm, a nice museum in the Visitor's Center and other points of interest. This park is well worth a visit.

Main Battlefield

This is the main battlefield. It looks much like it did in 1862, but without the soldiers. The Confederate Forces pushed the Union Forces across this field forcing them to regroup in the treeline. The Confederate Forces could not consolidate their gains, though, as wave after wave of soldiers were pushed back as they tried to advance across the same fields.

Civil War Style Cannon

These cannons are found throughout the park.

  • Last visit to Pea Ridge National Military Park: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 20, 2010
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