Slaughter in the Rocks

Title

Slaughter in the Rocks

Subject

Civil War Battlefield
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Elkhorn Tavern
Trans-Mississippi Area
1862
Union Artillery
Confederate Infantry

Description

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 trap. The Confederates found themselves trapped between the Union artillery and this stone wall as they advanced forward after regrouping over night. After half an hour of shrapnel and artillery projectiles slaughtering the troops, General Van Dorn ordered a retreat back to Elkhorn Tavern.

Creator

Nicolette Lloyd

Date

2/16/2014

Contributor

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Rights

This photo was taken by Nicolette Lloyd at the Pea Ridge National Military Park and is used for educational purposes.

Relation

American Civil War

Format

Image/JPEG

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Identifier

Pea Ridge Battlefield

Coverage

March 7-8, 1862

Files

20140216_133208.jpg
Date Added
February 28, 2014
Collection
March 7, 1862 Day One
Citation
Nicolette Lloyd, “Slaughter in the Rocks,” Pea Ridge NMP, accessed June 17, 2021, https://pearidge.omeka.net/items/show/29.