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Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Enemy Is Behind Us!

March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning

 
 
The Enemy Is Behind Us! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. The Enemy Is Behind Us! Marker
The small writing to the lower right indicates this exhibit provided in part through a generous donation from Wal-Mart Stores and Sam's Clubs.
Inscription. It was still below freezing at 10:30 a.m. March 7, 1862, when an alarmed messenger thundered into Union headquarters. The news he carried was startling: Confederates were moving down the Telegraph Road a mile north of Elkhorn Tavern. All of General Curtis's careful troop positioning for a battle at Little Sugar Creek - to the south - was now useless.

As gunfire from the far side of Elkhorn Mountain and the fields north of Leetown grew louder, Curtis had to move his remaining troops to prepare for the Confederate attack. Blue-coated regiments reversed direction and rushed past their vulnerable supply wagons to confront the enemy.
 
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 26.463′ N, 94° 1.92′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at stop two, Curtis's Headquarters, on the driving tour of Pea Ridge National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Garfield AR 72732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Getting Ready To Fight
The Enemy Is Behind Us! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
2. The Enemy Is Behind Us! Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Army Headquarters 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); That Beautiful Charge (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Dat De Shpot, Sergent!" (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Sunset (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Garfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pea Ridge National Military Park. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Battle of Pea Ridge. Official reports and other resources about the battle. (Submitted on September 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cox's Field and Elkhorn Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
3. Cox's Field and Elkhorn Mountain
Looking from the park visitor center to the north at Elkhorn Mountain (sometimes called Big Mountain). This 1600 foot elevation shielded the flanking movement conducted by the Confederates on the night of March 6-7, 1862. Much of the later stages of the fighting on March 7 and on March 8 occurred in the open field between the mountain and the visitor center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 7 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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