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Pea Ridge National Battlefield, Arkansas


Keeping Missouri in the Union was one of the prime objectives of the Federal government during the first year of the CivilWar. It was the reason for the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Missouri in August of 1861, and it was one of the reasons for the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas in March, 1862.

The Pea Ridge Campaign began Christmas Day 1861, when General Samuel R. Curtis was appointed to command the Federal Southwestern District of Missouri. His main objective was to drive out the Confederates, and by mid February, 1862 his troops had chased Major General Sterling Price and the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard into Arkansas.

Pea Ridge - Battlefield Overlook

Pea Ridge - Battlefield Overlook

Pea Ridge - Elkhorn Tavern, 1886

Pea Ridge - Elkhorn Tavern, 1886

Pea Ridge - Lee Town Battlefield

Pea Ridge - Lee Town Battlefield

Pea Ridge - Park Sign

Pea Ridge - Park Sign

Pea Ridge - Telegraph Road

Pea Ridge - Telegraph Road

Pea Ridge - Trail of Tears

Pea Ridge - Trail of Tears

Pea Ridge - Trail of Tears - 2

Pea Ridge - Trail of Tears - 2

Pea Ridge- Elkhorn Tavern

Pea Ridge-  Elkhorn Tavern

Pea Ridge, AR - Battle

Pea Ridge, AR - Battle