Lifeline for Two Armies

Battle of Pea Ridge

Lifeline for Two Armies, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:04:00
1. Lifeline for Two Armies


Elkhorn Tavern overlooks a highway of vital importance for Arkansas and Missouri during the Civil War. Union and Confederate leaders both wanted this 20-foot-wide dirt road to move men and supplies. Alongside the road ran 3-year-old telegraph wires, the latest way to send information and fast.

In the week before battle broke out here, both armies had hurriedly marched southward past this crossroads and tavern. The night before the shooting started, Union troops from Missouri set up a small rearguard outpost here. The soldiers had stockpiled food in the barn and tavern. Provost guards watched a handful of captured Confederates nearby.

A Road with Many Names

First built in the 1820s as a military road to link St. Louis, Missouri to Fort Smith, Arkansas, this highway served as the northern route of the Trail of Tears during the Indian removals in 1837 to 1839. It was known as the Butterfield Overland Stage Route from 1858 to 1861. Civil War troops called it the Wire Road or the Telegraph Road.

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

Lifeline for Two Armies, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:03:50
2. Lifeline for Two Armies

Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 36° 27.1964  W 94° 0.9604. Map it

Parking is available on Elkhorns Tavern on Military Park Road. near  N 36° 27.1981  W 94° 0.975 .

To reach this monument:
Park at the Elkhorns Tavern stop.

Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

Remembrance and Reunion (about 182 feet away) ; Pea Ridge Confederate Monument (about 182 feet away) ; Reunited Soldiery Monument (about 182 feet away) ; Vulnerable in Victory (about 278 feet away) ; The Butterfield Overland Mail Route (about 302 feet away) ; Elkhorn Tavern Taken (about 318 feet away) ; Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Night Moves (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw... (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Confederate Sunset (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; That Beautiful Charge (approx. 0.7 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!” (approx. 0.7 miles away) ; Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.

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


This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 16, 2017. This page has been viewed 324 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then. BG Hooks was the editor who published this page on September 17, 2017. Photos: 1, 2 were submitted on 09/16/2017 by Byron Hooks.