Monument

A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell

March 8, 1862 - Morning

Battle of Pea Ridge



A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:29:15
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Inscription:
... opened a perfect storm of round and shrapnell shot and shell... was literally ploughed up by cannon ball...It is a perfect miracle that any of us ever came out.
John J. Good, captain, Dallas Texas Light Artillery, Good's Battery

Here two armies lined up for a second day of fighting after a long, bitterly cold night. Confederate artillerists set up their guns along the edge of these woods. The Union battle line was only 500 yards away - a 5-minute walk - across wide open fields.

At 8:00 a.m. the Union cannon bellowed out their first volley, concentrating first on the Confederate artillery positions here. Confederate gunners fired back. The roar of big guns was heard more than 50 miles away. The Yankee barrage went on nonstop for two hours.

It was the largest artillery shelling of the Civil War up to that point. The unrelenting bombardment forced the surviving Confederate cannoneers - by then low on ammunition - back to safety at Elkhorn Tavern.


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



A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:29:21
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Classification
Allegiance: Confederate and Union
Type: Other
Level: Army
Military Arm: None Selected




Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 36° 26.9635  W 94° 1.3182. Map it

Parking is available on Military Park Road near  N 36° 26.9645  W 94° 1.3147 .



Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Pea Ridge Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

Confederate Sunset (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.






A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:29:32
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Cannon's on the Pea Ridge Battlefield, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2016/09/19 13:29:48
4. Cannon's on the Pea Ridge Battlefield
 


Credits:

This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on September 19, 2017. This page has been viewed 39 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 19, 2017. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 were submitted on 09/19/2017 by Byron Hooks.


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