... opened a perfect storm of round and shrapnell shot and shell... was literally ploughed up by cannon ball...It is a perfect miracle that any of us ever came out.
John J. Good, captain, Dallas Texas Light Artillery, Good's Battery
Here two armies lined up for a second day of fighting after a long, bitterly cold night. Confederate artillerists set up their guns along the edge of these woods. The Union battle line was only 500 yards away - a 5-minute walk - across wide open fields.
At 8:00 a.m. the Union cannon bellowed out their first volley, concentrating first on the Confederate artillery positions here. Confederate gunners fired back. The roar of big guns was heard more than 50 miles away. The Yankee barrage went on nonstop for
It was the largest artillery shelling of the Civil War up to that point. The unrelenting bombardment forced the surviving Confederate cannoneers - by then low on ammunition - back to safety at Elkhorn Tavern.
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.9635 W 94° 1.3182.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 19, 2017. This page has been viewed 342 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then.
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