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

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…

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.

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.

The Confederates and Union gathered in the early morning, prepared to take victory. The Union started a fierce barrage of artillery for 2 hours - the most powerful show of artillery force in the entire war up until that point. The Confederates, low…

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…

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.

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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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.

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.
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