Near Garfield in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
“Dat De Shpot, Sergent!”
March 8, 1862 - Morning
Samuel McKay, private, 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment
General Franz Sigel ordered the Union gunners positioned here to concentrate on first one Confederate target, then another. Two hours of methodical, massed cannon fire shattered enemy battle lines and morale. Pea Ridge marked the first time this practice was used effectively in a Civil War battle.
Franz Sigel learned how to handle artillery as a young officer in Germany. Sigel - the second highest ranking Union officer in the Army of the Southwest - worked his way along the lines, moving from cannon to cannon.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 26.841′ N, 94° 1.534′ W. Marker is near Garfield, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on 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. That Beautiful Charge (here, next to this marker); A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Sunset (approx. ¼ mile away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.4 miles away); It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. half a mile away); Night Moves (approx. half a mile away); Slaughter in the Rocks (approx. half a mile away); Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (approx. half a mile 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.