Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Pea Ridge National Military Park
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
I have ordered Generals Sigel and Davis to move with their divisions during the night and form on the left of Carr's division ... and be ready to renew the battle at daylight. The enemy will concentrate his whole force at Elk Horn; we will fight him there tomorrow...[I am] certain of success on the coming day.
Samuel Curtis, major general commanding, United States Army of the Southwest
From this overlook you can see the great challenge facing General Samuel Curtis as two armies grappled on Pea Ridge - how to turn the 10,500 men in the Union army from facing south to facing north, while keeping his supply wagons from being captured.
After night fell, Federal divisions that had fought at Leetown had to be brought together with the battered defenders astride the Telegraph Road you see below. Cold and hungry Union men who had marched most of the night had to be fed and issued fresh ammunition.
Thousands of men and horses, hundreds of wagons, and dozens of cannons jostled along narrow country roads in the dark. Union officers took little comfort in knowing that the Confederates faced the same demanding task that
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 27.25′ N, 94° 1.374′ W. Marker is in Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker can be reached from Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling south. Located at a gazebo a short walk from stop seven, the East Overlook, on the driving tour of Pea Ridge National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Garfield AR 72732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (here, next to this marker); It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (here, next to this marker); Slaughter in the Rocks (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garfield.
Also see . . .
1. Pea Ridge National Military Park. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Battle of Pea Ridge. American Battlefield Trust website entry (Submitted on May 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.