Monument

Two Armies Collide

Battle of Pea Ridge



Two Armies Collide, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:33
1. Two Armies Collide
 

Inscription:

Imagine 7,000 Confederate troops crowded in close order along Ford Road, the lane you see on the right edge of this field. As they trudged east toward Elkhorn Tavern, a small Union force of Iowa cavalrymen - only 600 men - unexpectedly appeared from the thick belt of trees you see on the left. Neither force expected to fight here.

Three Union cannon unlimbered and fired into the massive rebel formation. Within minutes, 3,000 cavalrymen from Texas and Arkansas turned off the road. With war whoops they swept over Wiley Foster's wheat field. The shattered Federals fled back through the trees.

...with a yell rushed on amid grape and canister... with such irresistible force to the very mouth of the cannon...and in five minutes were in utter confusion completely routed running in every direction and leaving their cannon in our possession.
James C. Bates, lieutenant, 9th Texas Cavalry, Company H

Albert Power was 19 years old when he fought here as part of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry Regiment. Years later he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor here at Foster's Farm. No photo of him is known to exist. He survived the war, returned to Iowa, and lived to age 80.

Divided Loyalties in the Indian Nations

Two regiments of Cherokee riflemen took part in the Confederate charge that captured Union cannon and drove back the Iowa cavalry on this field. Four months later some of these same Cherokee changed sides to fight for the Union.

When the American nation was torn asunder in 1861, so were the Five Civilized Nations - tribes that had been removed from their homelands in the southeastern states and resettled in the Indian Territory in the 1830s. Chickasaws and Choctaws quickly chose to ally with the Confederacy. Among Creeks, Seminoles, and Cherokees, loyalties were fiercely divided, especially after the federal government abandoned army posts and stopped treaty payments.




Divided Loyalties in the Indian Nations, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:56
2. Divided Loyalties in the Indian Nations
Cherokee men volunteered for Confederate military service at the beginning of the Civil War 


Classification
Allegiance: Confederate and Union
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° 27.231  W 94° 3.021. Map it

Parking is available on Military Park Road near  N 36° 27.228  W 94° 3.0203 .
Tour stop 5



Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

A Long, Cold Hungry March (approx. 0.6 miles away) ; Save the Cannon! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning (approx. 0.6 miles away) ; A Crisis in Command - March 7, 1862 - Afternoon (approx. 0.6 miles away) ; Stand to Your Posts! - March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning (approx. 0.6 miles away) ; A Fierce Tangle in Morgan's Woods - March 7, 1862 - Late Afternoon (approx. 0.7 miles away) ; A Village Full of Wounded Men (approx. 0.9 miles away) ; Leetown (approx. 0.9 miles away) ; The Enemy Is Behind Us! (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; City of Soldiers (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; Getting Ready To Fight (approx. 1.3 miles away) ; Curtis' Headquarters (approx. 1.4 miles away) ; U.S. Army Headquarters 1862 (approx. 1.4 miles away) ; That Beautiful Charge (approx. 1.5 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!” (approx. 1.5 miles away) ; It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. 1.5 miles away) . Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.






Two Armies Collide, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:39
3. Two Armies Collide
 
Albert Power, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:49
4. Albert Power
Albert Power was 19 when he fought here as part of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry Regiment. Albert received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor here at Foster's Farm 
Good's Texas Battery, Sturdy Farm Site, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:18
5. Good's Texas Battery, Sturdy Farm Site
 
Sturdy Farm Site, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:26:09
6. Sturdy Farm Site
Good's Texas Battery is visible in the distance. 


Credits:

This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on December 26, 2016. This page has been viewed 97 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 2 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 26, 2016. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 were submitted on 12/26/2016 by Byron Hooks.


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