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  • Collection: March 7, 1862 Day One

Confederate General Earl Van Dorn sat down that night with his troops, confident in a victory. He did not know that the Union, in the cover of night, were gathering their troops, supplies and ammunition for an assault the next day. He also had made a…

With victory in the making, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn decided to use his reserve unit - the Missouri State Guard. As they drove them back, the Confederates had a bold victory on the first night at Elkhorn Tavern.

For the first day of battle, these rocks helped defend and hide the weary Confederates after their long march to arrive at the battle and after the initial fighting.
All was well, until the second day, where this natural defense became a death…

The pictures of the battlefield show Ruddicks Field, Intense Confederate fighting had brought them around the mountain where this picture was taken, pushing the Union back to Elkhorn Tavern. As the day ended, the Confederates were ready for one last…

Another grand view of the battlefield.

The great problem that the Union faced was the problem of turning their southern facing army to the north while keeping the supply wagons away from the hands of the Confederacy.

From this view, you would be able to see the advancing Union and Confederate Army clash on March 7, 1862.

The larger Confederate Army had a long, hard march before their meeting with the Union at Pea Ridge. General Van Dorn sent them on a detour around the Union troops along the Bentenville Detour. Telegraph Road was a vital supply route for the Union…

7,000 Confederate Troops marching down Ford Road unexpectedly run into a small, 600 force of Union troops. With a defiant yell and charge, the Confederates sent the Union fleeing back through the trees.

The fighting in Morgan's woods on March 7th was described as intense hand to hand combat. Soldiers reported that they could not even see 20 ft ahead of them, and many took to the ground to avoid the constant flying of lead and shrapnel.
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