Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field
As the late winter sunlight faded, Union troops pulled back from Elkhorn Tavern and prepared for a last-ditch defense along the tree line that bordered Benjamin Ruddick's cornfield below. Federal gunners set their cannon wheel hub to wheel hub and waited for the final massive Confederate assault.
The white-clad soldiers of the Missouri State Guard who made that last charge were hungry and worn out by the three-day, 60-mile march they had made from the Boston Mountains. Desperate men on both sides knew that what they could do in those last 15 minutes of light might determine victory or defeat.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 27.251′ N, 94° 1.373′ 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Night Moves (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 (a few steps from 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 resource page for the battle. (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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 1,042 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.