Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell
Pea Ridge National Military Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
...[the Yankees] opened a perfect storm of round and shrapnell shot and shell...[the ground] was literally ploughed up by cannon ball...It is a perfect miracle that any of us ever came out.
John J. Good, captain, Dallas Texas Light Artillery, Good's Battery
Here two armies lined up for a second day of fighting after a long, bitterly cold night. Confederate artillerists set up their guns along the edge of these woods. The Union battle line was only 500 yards away - a 5-minute walk - across wide open fields.
At 8:00 a.m. the Union cannon bellowed out their first volley, concentrating first on the Confederate artillery positions here. Confederate gunners fired back. The roar of big guns was heard more than 50 miles away. The Yankee barrage went on nonstop for two hours.
It was the largest artillery shelling of the Civil War up to that point. The unrelenting bombardment forced the surviving Confederate cannoneers - by then low on ammunition - back to safety at Elkhorn Tavern.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 26.966′ N, 94° 1.331′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling south. Located at stop nine 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. Confederate Sunset (a few steps from this marker); "Dat De Shpot, Sergent!" (approx. ¼ mile away); That Beautiful Charge (approx. ¼ mile away); Night Moves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slaughter in the Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hard Fighting Near Leetown (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,116 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.