“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

City of Soldiers

City of Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. City of Soldiers Marker
Inscription. In early March 1862, these now quiet fields bustled with the clamor and constant motion of an army headquarters in time of battle. Soldiers drilled, cleaned guns, and checked ammunition. Scouts and couriers rode in to report. Officers convened for councils of war. Mules brayed and teamsters swore. Teams pulling wagons and artillery rattled by.

Here, across the road from Samuel Pratt's store, decisions were made that would determine the fate of two armies - and the state of Missouri. A temporary city of soldiers covered the field before you and the surrounding area. Here you would have seen the nerve center of the Union army during the two-day fight for Pea Ridge.

There was heavy military traffic along the Telegraph Road that now lies in part under the battlefield tour road behind you.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 26.459′ N, 94° 1.934′ 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.
Displays at Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
2. Displays at Tour Stop Two
City of Soldiers is to the right, along the sidewalk. Getting Ready to Fight is to the left of the display area wall. An open slot where an old metal marker was fixed is in the center of the walled area.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Getting Ready To Fight (a few steps from this marker); The Enemy Is Behind Us! (a few steps from 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. The Battle of Pea Ridge. The Civil War Trust. The Battle of Pea Ridge is also know as Elkhorn Tavern, and was fought March 6-8, 1862. (Submitted on November 10, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016.
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