Like maddened hornets, Confederate infantrymen boiled out of Morgan's Woods, crossed Leetown Road, and swarmed toward the six Federal cannon that had unlimbered in this corner of Oberson's cornfield. Captain William Black stood in front of the cannon and
fired his Colt repeating rifle to single-handedly delay the fierce assault until he fell wounded. Black bought the artillerymen time to save four of the six guns from being captured.
(Caption Under Black's Portrait):
William Black was 19 years old when he fought here with the 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment. Years later he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor at Pea Ridge, one of four men so honored. Black survived the war and practiced law in Chicago.
I saw two rebel officers rush toward Captain Black with drawn swords and demand his surrender... he struck the nearest with his sword...and leaping over his prostrate form with the agility of a tiger, he struck the other full in the face with his already
empty revolver, and he fell like a stone.
Samuel McKay, private, 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.693 W 94° 3.142.
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.
A Crisis in Command - March 7, 1862 - Afternoon
(Is only 73 feet away) ; Stand to Your Posts! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning
(Is only 97 feet away) ; A Fierce Tangle in Morgan's Woods - March 7, 1862 - Late Afternoon
(about 314 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. 1.1 miles away) ; City of Soldiers
(approx. 1.1 miles away) ; Getting Ready To Fight
(approx. 1.1 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.
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