Pea Ridge National Military Park

For all Civil War history buffs a must stop in Arkansas

Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.

The Battle of Pea Ridge, also known as Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, was one of the most important Civil War battles west of the Mississippi River. Fought on March 7-8, 1862, the Union troops won a decisive battle that helped keep the Upper Mississippi Valley in their hands and was important to the later controlling of the Mississippi River in 1863 by the Union forces. This park has one of the most intact Civil War battlefields in the United States.

If you need accommodations while visiting the national park, check out Bentonville, Arkansas, for motels. If you like to camp, you can stay at Withrow Springs State Park, which is nearby and has full hookups.

The following are links about Pea Ridge Battle:

Battle of Pea Ridge or Elkhorn Tavern

 

Arkansas State website

Importance of the Battle

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Below are pictures showing the entrance to the National Park and the visitor center. There is a fee for touring the battlefield for daily or annual, but much can be learned by just visiting the Visitor Center. The battlefield tour around the park will let you see some of the canons that were used in the fight here, view points with signs to explain the battle, and the reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern.

Besides the canons and vast fields where the battle was fought, this building, Elkhorn Tavern, is a focal point at the park. This place served  as a hospital for both the Union and Confederate troops at different times. You will find actors in period customs at this building telling about the history of this important battle of the Civil War.

Check out a number of Photos of the Pea Ridge Battlefield.

This 2 1/2 minute video done by 40/29 NEWS gives you an idea of what you might see at the Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwest Arkansas. This battle during the Civil War March 7-8, 1862, saved Missouri for the Union. There is a small fee for touring the battlefield, but it is well worth it to see one of the most intact battlefields in the country.

Below is a 4 minute video done by Mike Hall of the September 2015 re-enactment of Pea Ridge Battle.