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

Stand to Your Posts!

March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning

 
 
Stand to Your Posts! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
1. Stand to Your Posts! Marker
Inscription. Officers and men, you have it in your power to make or prevent another Bull Run affair. I want every man to stand to his post!
Nicholas Greusel, colonel, 36th Illinois Infantry Regiment

Yankee cavalrymen, mauled from a sharp fight with 7,000 Confederates, raced back across Samuel Oberson's cornfield from the belt of trees you see in the distance. "Turn back! They'll give you hell!" some troopers shouted as they sped by the infantrymen moving into line of battle.

Two predominately German-speaking regiments - one from Missouri and one from Illinois - would have to stand and fight here without flinching. If they broke and ran, Pea Ridge would become as infamous as the July 1861 Union disaster at Bull Run near Washington, D.C.

Two full divisions - half of the Union soldiers who fought here - were immigrants from central Europe and Germany. These so-called "Dutch" regiments volunteered in St. Louis and other towns along the Mississippi.
 
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 26.678′ N, 94° 3.135′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Military Park Road (County Road 65), on the
Stand to Your Posts! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
2. Stand to Your Posts! Marker
right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at stop four, the Leetown Battlefield, 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Save the Cannon! (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crisis in Command (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fierce Tangle in Morgan's Woods (within shouting distance of this marker); A Village Full of Wounded Men (approx. ¼ mile away); Leetown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Two Armies Collide (approx. 0.6 miles away); Getting Ready To Fight (approx. 1.1 miles away); City of Soldiers (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pea Ridge National Military Park. (Submitted on September 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Battle of Pea Ridge. Civil War Preservation Trust resource page for the battle. (Submitted on September 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Guns in Oberson's Field image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
3. Guns in Oberson's Field
Three field pieces represent Federal artillery, at the likely position held by Welfley’s Independent Missouri Battery, stand on the south edge of Oberson's Field. Two of the guns are 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. The middle bronze piece is a 12-pdr Napoleon.
Oberson's Field image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 30, 2010
4. Oberson's Field
Looking from the south edge of the field across toward the direction of the Confederate advance. The adjoining Lee and Mayfield Cornfields are to the west (left) of this view. The 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles made their attack on the Federals from the far wood line.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 886 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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