Friday, April 17, 2015

Springdale, AR, Pea Ridge National Military Park

We are in Springdale, AR, for a week and started out our exploration of the area with a visit yesterday to the Pea Ridge National Military Park.  Another Civil War battleground, the Pea Ridge area contained a strategic road that moved supplies and men for the Confederates.  Telegraph Road was a necessary acquisition for the Union therefore and, after yet another fierce battle with high losses on both sides, the Union took the site.

 During some of the fiercest fighting, the field below had a line of 10,000 Union troops stretched across the one mile width:

 The taking of the Elkhorn Tavern where Confederate General Van Dorn was headquartered was the end of the battle.  Now the Union had control of the road and the telegraph.
Elkhorn Tavern

 Only two small monuments decorate the entire battlefield with one of them erected in the memory of both the Union and Confederate troops that died here.

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