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

Getting Ready To Fight

March 6, 1862 - Late Afternoon

 
 
Getting Ready To Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. Getting Ready To Fight Marker
Inscription. General Samuel Curtis had only 10,500 troops to hold back a Confederate army of more than 16,000 men moving toward him. Curtis had asked army headquarters in St. Louis for reinforcements. None could be sent.

At the last minute, Union soldiers dug in the bluffs just north of Little Sugar Creek, about three miles southwest of here on the Telegraph Road. There - Curtis thought - his army would await Van Dorn's Confederates.
 
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 26.451′ N, 94° 1.94′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop two, Curtis's Headquarters, 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. City of Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); The Enemy Is Behind Us! (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Army Headquarters 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); They Passed This Way
What the Union Expected image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
2. What the Union Expected
Map at the lower right of the marker. The map is oriented with north at the bottom.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); That Beautiful Charge (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Dat De Shpot, Sergent!" (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Sunset (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garfield.
 
Also see . . .  Pea Ridge National Military Park. (Submitted on September 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Displays at Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Displays at Tour Stop Two
City of Soldiers is to the right, along the sidewalk. Getting Ready to Fight is to the left of the display area wall. An open slot where an old metal marker was fixed is in the center of the walled area.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 934 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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