The first day's fighting ended at sunset on the large open field you see in the distance below. The half of the Confederate army that had circled completely around Big Mountain - where you now stand - had fought hard all day to force their way up the long
mountain hollow that leads to Elkhorn Tavern.
As the late winter sunlight faded, Union troops pulled back from Elkhorn Tavern and prepared for a last-ditch defense along the tree line that bordered Benjamin Ruddick's cornfield below. Federal gunners set their cannon wheel hub to wheel hub and waited
for the final massive Confederate assault.
The white-clad soldiers of the Missouri State Guard who made that last charge were hungry and worn out by the three-day, 60-mile march they had made from the Boston Mountains. Desperate men on both sides knew that what they could do in those last 15 minutes
of light might determine victory or defeat.
This monument is Not
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 27.2524 W 94° 1.3738.
Parking is available on Tour stop #6 on Military Park Road.
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.
(Is only 41 feet away) ; It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw...
(Is only 43 feet away) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown
(Is only 57 feet away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks
(about 112 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.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 12:51:57
3. Close up of the charge of the Missouri State Guard
"The white-clad soldiers of the Missouri State Guard who made that last charge were hungry and worn out by the three-day, 60-mile march they had made from the Boston Mountains."
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Photos: 1, 2, 3 were submitted on 09/15/2017 by Byron Hooks.