March 7th, 1862 – action at Pea Ridge, AR – Elkhorn Tavern.

March 7/8 Battle of Pea Ridge (Arkansas), also known as Elkhorn Tavern, is a Union victory and helps keep Missouri a Union State.

 From the March 29, 1862 edition of Harper’s Weekly


WE devote page 196 to an illustration of the great battle won by General Curtis at PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS, on 6th, 7th, and 8th March. The official report of General Curtis is as follows:


PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS, March 9, 1861.

GENERAL,—On Thursday, the 6th inst., the enemy commenced an attack on my right wing, assailing and following the rear-guard of a detachment under General Siegel to my main lines on Sugar Creek Hollow, but ceased firing when he met my reinforcements about four P. M.

During the night I became convinced that he had moved on so as to attack my right or rear, therefore early on the 7th I ordered a change of front to the right, my right, which thus became my left, still resting on Sugar Creek Hollow. This brought my line across Pea Ridge, with my new right resting on Head Cross Timber Hollow, which is the head of Big Sugar Creek. I also ordered an immediate advance of the cavalry and light artillery, under Colonel Osterhaus, with orders to attack and break what I supposed would be the reinforced line of the enemy. This movement was in progress when the enemy, at eleven A. M., commenced an attack on my right. The fight continued mainly at these points during the day, the enemy having gained the point held by the command of Colonel Carr, at Cross Timber Hollow, but was entirely repulsed, with the fall of the commander, McCulloch, in the centre,

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Battle of Pea Ridge

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  1. Van Dorn should have stayed in Bentonville. This would have given his troops time to rest and possibly get food. After fortifying the town they could have waited for their supply wagons to reach them. They would have been on the defensive thus making their chances better.
    What was Van Dorn thinking when he ordered a night march in a snow storm? The Boston mountains would have already completely worn the Confederates down. And what about their food rations? This is truly one of the Confederacy’s biggest blown chances in the entire war . Even his troops called him “Damn Born!”. His incredibly stupid train of thought would be his undoing . He had a sexual escapade with dentist’s wife and the doctor killed him. What an idiot. What do you think?-John B.C.

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