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.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 27.593 W 94° 2.520.
Parking is available on Military Park Road
N 36° 27.5743 W 94° 2.5006
Tour stop 6 - Pea Ridge west
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
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