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Pea Ridge National Military Park is the preserved battlefield from the Civil War engagement: March 7 - 8 1862. The Union was determined to keep Missouri for the north and with the victory at Pea Ridge this was assured.

This was the "nerve center" of the Union Army. Back in 1864, you would see Union soldiers milling about, awaiting orders for the upcoming clash of Union and Confederates. This was also where General Curtis, the Union commander, set up his…

Leetown was where both armies brought their wounded to be tended to by surgeons. This was a small town where the few buildings and tents were used as hospitals. Today, there is nothing left.

Artillery was a very important part of the Battle of Pea Ridge. On March 8th, after a successful Union rally, the Union was able to drive back the Confederate forces with an amazing artillery barrage - sealing the fate of the battle.

General Curtis (Union) knew that his 10,500 men army was vastly outnumbered by the incoming 16,000 Confederate army. No help would be sent from St. Louis. To compensate, Curtis ordered his men to dig in north of Little Sugar Creek, on the bluffs.

As the Union dug in at Little Sugar Creek, a Union scout reported back that the Confederates were spotted NORTH of Telegraph road, marching down towards them. The strategic spot for the Union was useless- they were facing the opposite direction.…

The 7,000 army strong Confederate Force north of Leetown under General Ben McCulloch stopped before the open cornfield and waited while the General himself rode his horse out to scout for the enemy. Without any Confederate soldier seeing, he was…

After the fiery fighting delivered by the Confederates under the late General McCulloch, the Union Calvary ran off to inform the rest of the Union Army that the Confederates were heading their way with strength and determination. The German speaking…

Fun Fact: Pea Ridge was the only major Civil War battle where Native American troops participated. The Confederacy had two regiments of about 1,000 men who help route two Union Cavalry companies. After the Union artillery joined, the forced the…

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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