As the sun set on the first day of battle, about 3,000 rebels from Missouri made their final charge here. Crossing Ben Ruddick's stubbled cornfield, they ran straight toward the muzzles of Federal cannon set wheel hub to wheel hub against a line of trees.
After hours of fighting withdrawals, this last Union line held firm. Rebuffed Confederates ebbed back to Elkhorn Tavern. In the dusk, men of both armies feared they were standing on the brink of collapse.
...it was almost dark and we got so near the battery that the fire from the guns would pass in jetting streams, through our lines.
Asa Payne, private, 3rd Missouri Regiment
Outnumbered, hard-pressed Union cannoneers and infantrymen regrouped and reloaded here at the edge of Ruddick's field.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 36° 26.9635 W 94° 1.3138.
Parking is available on Military Park Road
N 36° 26.9645 W 94° 1.3147
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.
There are 15 monuments nearby.
A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell
(a few steps from this marker) ; That Beautiful Charge
(approx. 0.2 miles away) ; “Dat De Shpot, Sergent!”
(approx. 0.2 miles away) ; Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Night Moves
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; It was the Grandest Thing I Ever Saw...
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Hard Fighting Near Leetown
(approx. 0.3 miles away) ; Slaughter in the Rocks
(approx. 0.4 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. 0.5 miles away) ; The Butterﬁeld Overland Mail Route
(approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Elkhorn Tavern Taken
(approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 19, 2017. This page has been viewed 397 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 0 time(s) since then.
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