Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
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 winter night. Both armies had to reorganize and resupply to be able to fight again.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S.
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. Touch for map. Located at a gazebo a short walk from stop seven, the East Overlook, 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. 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. (Submitted on September 12, 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 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 839 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.