The Battle of Pea Ridge
On March 7 & 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their way of life. Pea Ridge was one of the most pivotal Civil War battles, and is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the country.
The park was created by an Act of Congress in 1956 and was dedicated in 1963.
Major features include a recreation of the historic Elkhorn Tavern structure, original remnants of the Telegraph / Military Road (an important thoroughfare prior to the war), as well as the battlefield itself. The park is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, the Lower Missouri Civil War Heritage Trail and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Posted March 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM