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

It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw...

 
 
It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... Marker
Inscription. It was extremely rare in the Civil War to be able to see an entire army lined up for a fight, with all the regiments within sight of each other.

Had you stood here on Saturday, March 8, 1862, you could have see 10,000 Union men in battle lines stretching for a mile over the open fields below. It was a sight that few veterans of the battle of Pea Ridge ever forgot.

Forward quick time guide right.
Halt make ready take aim fire.
After first shot load at will.
Our guns a-booming.
The battery howling.
Wounded groaning.
Some excited, I might say all.
But we was going forward...

diary of Samuel Herrington, sergeant, 8th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Davis' Division
 
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 27.251′ N, 94° 1.375′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker can be reached from Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at a gazebo a short walk from stop seven, the East Overlook, 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
Gazebo at the Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Gazebo at the Overlook
are within walking distance of this marker. Night Moves (here, next to this marker); Slaughter in the Rocks (here, next to this marker); Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (here, next to this marker); Hard Fighting Near Leetown (here, next to this marker); A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Sunset (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reunited Soldiery Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pea Ridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Garfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pea Ridge National Military Park. (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Battle of Pea Ridge. Civil War Preservation Trust's resource page for the battle. (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Federal Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Federal Positions
View from the West Overlook across Cox's Fields. On the morning of March 8, Federal divisions held a line from practically the left edge of this view to the right. Carr's Division held the east flank (left in this view) in the tree line near Ruddick's Field. In the open ground in the center were Davis' and Osterhaus' Divisions. Along the treeline on the right side of this view was Asboth's Division. Massed in the center were artillery batteries. The Confederates held positions on the near side tree line, at the base of the mountain.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 22 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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