“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Pulaski Arkansas Battery

Wilson's Creek

Pulaski Arkansas Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Pulaski Arkansas Battery Marker
The position occupied by the battery is indicated by another similarly named marker nearby.
Inscription. In the opening moments of the battle, Union infantry swept back Southern cavalry, over-running two camps and topping the crest of Bloody Hill. Nothing stood in the Federals' way. At the bottom of Bloody Hill lay the main Southern camp, virtually defenseless.

Then, from the top of the small ridge to your right, Captain William E. Woodruff's Pulaski Arkansas Battery opened fire, enfilading the entire length of the Union line. These four cannon forced a halt in the Federal advance. As a result the Southern infantry was able to organize a line of battle and attack the Union line.

The trail beginning here leads to the site where the Pulaski Arkansas Battery was positioned, also to the site of General Sterling Price's Confederate headquarters on the opposite side of Wilson Creek. The round-trip walk to both sites is about one mile.

An Ironic Footnote
Before the Civil War, the bronze guns of the Pulaski Battery were under the command of Captain James Totten of the U.S. Arsenal of Little Rock. When war threatened, Arkansas secessionists took control of the arsenal, but Captain Totten remained loyal to the Union. Here at Wilson's Creek, Totten commanded a Union battery across the creek on Bloody Hill, and found himself opposing his old guns manned by his old friends.
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Battle Map
The map highlights the position of artillery units between 6 and 8 A.M. on the day of the battle. Note the north seeking arrow pointing to the right of the map.
37° 6.049′ N, 93° 24.278′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop 3, the East Battlefield Overlook, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Price's Headquarters (here, next to this marker); A Union Plan / The Broken Pincer (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Eye of the Storm (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rout of Sigel's Column (approx. half a mile away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. half a mile away); Fight in Ray's Cornfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Ray Family (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Battlefield.
Also see . . .  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on September 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Markers at Stop 3 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. Markers at Stop 3
The Pulaski Arkansas Battery marker is on the right, Price's Headquarters on the left.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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