Monument

A Long, Cold Hungry March

March 4, 5, 6, 1862

Battle of Pea Ridge



A Long, Cold Hungry March, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:32:07
1. A Long, Cold Hungry March
 

Inscription:
I don't believe they ever made a harder march during the Revolution than we made that night.
Jack Bower, private, 2nd Missouri Regiment

The 16,000-strong Confederate Army of the West spent most of the first week of March 1862 trudging on muddy roads through northwest Arkansas. They traveled some 60 miles from their winter camps deep in the Boston Mountains, beyond the low ridges you see in the distance, to get to Pea Ridge.

General Earl Van Dorn pushed his troops hard to sweep completely around his opponent, using a back road called the Bentonville Detour. Van Dorn gambled that if he could capture the Telegraph Road - the only pipeline for Union supplies and communications - he could crush the Union army. The mountain on which you are standing hid the Confederates' approach to the vital highway.

The last night was the hardest. The cold was bitter. The men were hungry, because their supply wagons lagged far behind. Snow fell as worn-out soldiers slogged the last eight miles in darkness.




A Long, Cold Hungry March, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:32:21
2. A Long, Cold Hungry March
 


Classification
Allegiance: Confederate
Type: Other
Level: Army
Military Arm: None Selected




Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 36° 27.593  W 94° 2.520. Map it

Parking is available on Military Park Road near  N 36° 27.5743  W 94° 2.5006 .
Tour stop 6 - Pea Ridge west



Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

Two Armies Collide (approx. 0.6 miles away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks (approx. 1.1 miles away) ; It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. 1.1 miles away) ; Night Moves (approx. 1.1 miles away) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown (approx. 1.1 miles away) ; Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (approx. 1.1 miles away) ; Save the Cannon! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning (approx. 1.2 miles away) ; Stand to Your Posts! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning (approx. 1.2 miles away) ; A Crisis in Command - March 7, 1862 - Afternoon (approx. 1.2 miles away) ; A Fierce Tangle in Morgan's Woods - March 7, 1862 - Late Afternoon (approx. 1.2 miles away) ; That Beautiful Charge (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!” (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; Confederate Sunset (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; A Village Full of Wounded Men (approx. 1.4 miles away) . Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.






A Long, Cold Hungry March, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:32:02
3. A Long, Cold Hungry March
 
A Long, Cold Hungry March, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:31:31
4. A Long, Cold Hungry March
 
Ancient Plateau, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:32:49
5. Ancient Plateau
Ages ago this was a plateau. Long erosion left the hill and ridge capped with resistant sandstone.  


Credits:

This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on December 27, 2016. This page has been viewed 125 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 1 time(s) since then. The page was last updated by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on December 27, 2016. BG Hooks was the editor who published this page on December 27, 2016. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 were submitted on 12/27/2016 by Byron Hooks.


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