Night Moves

Battle of Pea Ridge

Night Moves, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:51:36
1. Night Moves

I have ordered Generals Sigel and Davis to move with their divisions during the night and form on the left of Carr's division ... and be ready to renew the battle at daylight. The enemy will concentrate his whole force at Elk Horn; we will fight him there tomorrow... (I am) certain of success on the coming day.
Samuel Curtis, major general commanding, United States Army of the Southwest

From this overlook you can see the great challenge facing General Samuel Curtis as two armies grappled on Pea Ridge - how to turn the 10,500 men in the Union army from facing south to facing north, while keeping his supply wagons from being captured.

After night fell, Federal divisions that had fought at Leetown had to be brought together with the battered defenders astride the Telegraph Road you see below. Cold and hungry Union men who had marched most of the night had to be fed and issued fresh ammunition.

Thousands of men and horses, hundreds of wagons, and dozens of cannons jostled along narrow country roads in the dark. Union officers took little comfort in knowing that the Confederates faced the same demanding task that winter night. Both armies had to reorganize and resupply to be able to fight again.

Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.

Night Moves, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:51:16
2. Night Moves

Location of the monument:
This monument is Not visible from the road. It is located at N 36° 27.2564  W 94° 1.3805. Map it

Parking is available on Tour stop #6 on Military Park Road. near  N 36° 27.2903  W 94° 1.291 .

To reach this monument:
This marker is located at tour stop 6, Pea Ridge West. From the parking lot, follow the paved path to the covered overlook.

Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (here, next to this marker) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown (Is only 31 feet away) ; Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (Is only 41 feet away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks (Is only 86 feet away) ; A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Confederate Sunset (approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Remembrance and Reunion (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Pea Ridge Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Reunited Soldiery Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Lifeline for Two Armies (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Vulnerable in Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; The Butterfield Overland Mail Route (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Elkhorn Tavern Taken (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; That Beautiful Charge (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!” (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.

View looking west from tour stop 6, Pea Ridge NBP, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:46:13
3. View looking west from tour stop 6, Pea Ridge NBP

Allegiance: Union
Type: Other
Level: Army
Military Arm: None Selected


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