As the sun set on the first day of battle, about 3,000 rebels from Missouri made their final charge here. Crossing Ben Ruddick's stubbled cornfield, they ran straight toward the muzzles of Federal cannon set wheel hub to wheel hub against a line of trees.
After hours of fighting withdrawals, this last Union line held firm. Rebuffed Confederates ebbed back to Elkhorn Tavern. In the dusk, men of both armies feared they were standing on the brink of collapse.
...it was almost dark and we got so near the battery that the fire from the guns would pass in jetting streams, through our lines.
Asa Payne, private, 3rd Missouri Regiment
Outnumbered, hard-pressed Union cannoneers and infantrymen regrouped and reloaded here at the edge of Ruddick's field.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.9635 W 94° 1.3138.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 19, 2017. This page has been viewed 277 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then.
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