We must not let the men know that General McCulloch is killed.
Benjamin Pixley, Lieutenant, 16th Arkansas Infantry
The general in charge of this half of the Confederate army - Texan Ben McCulloch - had formed his division, some 7,000 strong, just out of sight behind the trees you see in the distance. Before ordering a massive charge into Oberson's cornfield, "Old Ben,"
as his troops called him, rode alone to the edge of the trees for a final scout. Yankee skirmishers behind a rail fence shot the popular general dead.
No Confederate soldier or officer saw McCulloch fall. Minutes passed with no word. Finally second-in-command General James McIntosh took over, only to die while leading a charge out of the woods. With no leader to give orders for more than an hour, the momentum
that might have led to a swift Confederate victory at Leetown was lost.
(Captions under portraits on the lower right):
General Ben McCulloch customarily wore a black velvet suit instead of a uniform. As the former Texas Ranger reconnoitered the woods' edge, he was easy to see.
General James McIntosh charged at the head of the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles out of the line of trees and into heavy Federal fire. He died not 200 yards from the spot where McCulloch had been slain.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.685 W 94° 3.153.
Parking is available on Military Park Road
N 36° 26.700 W 94° 3.138
Tour stop 4
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
There are 15 monuments nearby.
Save the Cannon! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning
(Is only 73 feet away) ; Stand to Your Posts! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning
(Is only 98 feet away) ; A Fierce Tangle in Morgan's Woods - March 7, 1862 - Late Afternoon
(about 327 feet away) ; A Village Full of Wounded Men
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Leetown
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Two Armies Collide
(approx. 0.6 miles away) ; The Enemy Is Behind Us!
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; City of Soldiers
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; Getting Ready To Fight
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; Curtis' Headquarters
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; A Long, Cold Hungry March
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; U.S. Army Headquarters 1862
(approx. 1.2 miles away) ; That Beautiful Charge
(approx. 1.5 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!”
(approx. 1.5 miles away) ; A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell
(approx. 1.7 miles away) ; Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on December 21, 2016. This page has been viewed 192 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then.
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