It was the fiery end of the best day of Earl Van Dorn's 20 years as a professional soldier. Bone-tired from the jarring of a week-long ambulance ride and still feverish from pneumonia, the Confederate commander lay down here in the side yard of Elkhorn Tavern
amid the wreckage of the day's battle.
Because he now controlled his enemy's sole supply line, General Van Dorn assumed he had the battle of Elkhorn Tavern won. No one yet knew that the rebel wagons bearing food and ammunition for the next day's fight were hopelessly out of reach.
At midnight two young Texans brought word to Confederate headquarters that Generals McCulloch and McIntosh had been killed early in the Leetown fighting. They took orders back for their entire division to march through the night to rejoin Van Dorn here before
Erected by Pea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
This monument is Not
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 27.2294 W 94° 0.9208.
Parking is available on Elkhorns Tavern on Military Park Road.
N 36° 27.1981 W 94° 0.975
To reach this monument:
Located on the east side of Elkhorns Tavern.
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
There are 15 monuments nearby.
The Butterﬁeld Overland Mail Route
(a few steps from this marker) ; Elkhorn Tavern Taken
(Is only 56 feet away) ; Lifeline for Two Armies
(about 278 feet away) ; Remembrance and Reunion
(about 445 feet away) ; Pea Ridge Confederate Monument
(about 445 feet away) ; Reunited Soldiery Monument
(about 445 feet away) ; Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field
(approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown
(approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks
(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) ; Confederate Sunset
(approx. 0.5 miles away) ; A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell
(approx. 0.5 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.
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Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 were submitted on 09/17/2017 by Byron Hooks.