Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Slaughter in the Rocks
March 8, 1862 - Morning
As the second day's fighting began, 21 Union cannon in Cox's field below fired a punishing barrage toward this mountainside. A hurricane of artillery projectiles, rock fragments, and timber splinters tore through the infantrymen posted near here. After 30 minutes of slaughter, General Earl Van Dorn ordered a withdrawal back toward Elkhorn Tavern.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 27.251′ N, 94° 1.377′ 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. Touch for map. Located at a gazebo a short walk from stop seven, the East Overlook, on the driving tour of Pea Ridge Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (here, next to this marker); Hard Fighting Near Leetown (here, next to this marker); Night Moves (here, next to this marker); Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.