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

“Dat De Shpot, Sergent!”

March 8, 1862 - Morning

 
 
"Dat De Shpot, Sergent!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. "Dat De Shpot, Sergent!" Marker
Inscription. I saw General Sigel sight one piece...and send a shot at the [rebel] guns that had driven us back...It went tearing in among the men and horses, killing and wounding both, and then exploded in one of the caissons...Placing his glass to his eye to note the effect of his shot, the General said 'Dat de shpot, Sergent; just put 'em right in dare.'
Samuel McKay, private, 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment

General Franz Sigel ordered the Union gunners positioned here to concentrate on first one Confederate target, then another. Two hours of methodical, massed cannon fire shattered enemy battle lines and morale. Pea Ridge marked the first time this practice was used effectively in a Civil War battle.

Franz Sigel learned how to handle artillery as a young officer in Germany. Sigel - the second highest ranking Union officer in the Army of the Southwest - worked his way along the lines, moving from cannon to cannon.
 
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 26.841′ N, 94° 1.534′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling south. Click for map
Markers at Tour Stop Ten image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers at Tour Stop Ten
. Located at stop ten, the Federal Line, 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. That Beautiful Charge (here, next to this marker); A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. mile away); Confederate Sunset (approx. mile away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.4 miles away); It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. half a mile away); Night Moves (approx. half a mile away); Slaughter in the Rocks (approx. half a mile away); Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Garfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pea Ridge National Military Park. (Submitted on September 13, 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 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Federal Gun Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
3. Federal Gun Line
Looking northwest across Cox's Field. The artillery pieces here represent the massed Federal batteries formed in the morning of March 8. Most of the Federal batteries were armed with 6-pdr guns and 12-pdr howitzers. In the distance is a rise of ground known as Welfley's Knoll, named for Captain Martin Welfley commander of a battery of Missouri artillery.
Counter-battery Fire image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
4. Counter-battery Fire
Looking toward the north tree line where Confederate batteries (at Stop 9 of the tour) were located. The range is about 500 yards.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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