Confederate commander Earl Van Dorn had pushed his army relentlessly for a week to catch the Union army by surprise. Now, after hours of hard fighting up the Telegraph Road, here in sight of Elkhorn Tavern, Van Dorn gambled by committing all his reserves.
As the Missouri State Guard regiments drove back the last Federal defenders, Elkhorn Tavern appeared to be a bold Confederate victory.
Like magic the word 'Charge!' ran along the line... a battery opened upon us...tearing through our lines... recoiled for an instant under the iron hail...when 'On to the battery!' was the cry, and with a yell..we closed upon
the opposing ranks...the thunder of the artillery and the opening roll of the muskets...were deafening...the torrent of lead and iron poured through the surrounding smoke.
Ephraim Anderson, private, 2nd Missouri Regiment
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° 27.2289 W 94° 0.9095.
Parking is available on Elkhorns Tavern on Military Park Road.
N 36° 27.1981 W 94° 0.975
To reach this monument:
East of the Elkhorns Tavern.
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
There are 15 monuments nearby.
The Butterﬁeld Overland Mail Route
(Is only 38 feet away) ; Vulnerable in Victory
(Is only 56 feet away) ; Lifeline for Two Armies
(about 318 feet away) ; Remembrance and Reunion
(about 491 feet away) ; Pea Ridge Confederate Monument
(about 491 feet away) ; Reunited Soldiery Monument
(about 491 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.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 17, 2017. This page has been viewed 350 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then.
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Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 were submitted on 09/17/2017 by Byron Hooks.