...this battle...was a mass of mixed up confusion from beginning to end...Would to God it was night or reinforcements would come.
William Watson, sergeant, 3rd Louisiana Infantry Regiment
Four regiments of volunteers from Arkansas and Louisiana, moving "with all the vim and vigor regulars," ran headlong and unawares into two Illinois regiments near here. The close-range fighting was so intense that men from both armies threw themselves
flat on the ground to survive the hurricane of flying lead.
Military order dissolved. Squads of soldiers rushed from stump to log to tree in the thick, tangled undergrowth, kneeling to fire. An Illinois soldier later said he could not see even 20 feet ahead. Chaos and combat raged through Morgan's Woods all afternoon,
as dense smoke from thousands of muskets obscured the darkening forest.
(Caption under portrait on the right):
Colonel Louis Hebert led the Confederate attack here. When Hebert became disoriented in the smoke-filled woods, Union soldiers took the Louisianan and two other colonels prisoner. Without leaders the Confederate
regiments here lost momentum and focus.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.657 W 94° 3.096.
Parking is available on Military Park Road
N 36° 26.700 W 94° 3.138
To reach this monument:
Tour stop 4
This marker is located between the woods and the fence. The opening in the fence is on the south side of the tour stop.
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
There are 15 monuments nearby.
Stand to Your Posts! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning
(about 230 feet away) ; Save the Cannon! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning
(about 314 feet away) ; A Crisis in Command - March 7, 1862 - Afternoon
(about 327 feet away) ; A Village Full of Wounded Men
(approx. 0.2 miles away) ; Leetown
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Two Armies Collide
(approx. 0.7 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. 1.1 miles away) ; U.S. Army Headquarters 1862
(approx. 1.1 miles away) ; A Long, Cold Hungry March
(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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