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Pea Ridge National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Garfield
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Webb City, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“History”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Pea Ridge is often over looked in the annals of the Civil War but it was one of the most important battles and fought so early in the war. This Union Victory kept Missouri firmly in the hands of the Union, with it's large amount of military men, iron ore, lead, major waterways and major railroads, Missouri could supply either side with the necessary provisions to win the war. The Union took advantage of what Missouri had to offer. Pea Ridge National Military Park is very well done. The information at the Visitor center, along with the artifacts, including Gen'l Curtis coat that he wore during the Battle, all give further meaning to what happen on such hallow ground. Situation just outside of Bentonville Arkansas, the home office of Wal-Mart and a BOOMING area of Northwest Arkansas, this little peace of serenity is just the same as it was back in 1862 on the chilly days in March. Untouched. Giving a visitor the feeling of being one with the significance of the battle. Can't miss spot for a Civil War buff.

Visited October 2012
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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35 attraction reviews
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“Scenic Battlefield”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Battle of Pea Ridge took place on March 7-8, 1862 and ended up being an unmitigated Confederate disaster that kept them from ever having realistic hopes to invade Missouri and force that state to join the Confederacy. The park was created during the Eisenhower administration so it is relatively a "new" park. The visitors' center contains a large number of interpretive displays and a great film about the battle. The battlefield itself lies on a one-way loop of about six miles the covers the two separate engagements that made up the Battle of Pea Ridge, as well as containing three scenic overlooks that cover the entire battlefield and surrounding terrain. The only structure on the battlefield, Elkhorn Tavern, is a reproduction. The battlefield is clearly marked with interpretive panels and about forty cannon show artillery positions. There are walking trails and horse trails as well. Well worth a trip and at least a half-day exploration.

Visited September 2012
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“The most beautiful place I've ever seen.”
Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

Pea Ridge, Arkansas is the best place in the world. It's small, beautiful, and so serene. I absolutely love it here, especially in the fall.

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Fort Worth, TX
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“Enjoyable but sobering”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Pea Ridge National Military Park is the site of a civil war battle that took place March 7 and 8, 1862. It was one of the largest battles (16,000 Confederate troops; 10,500 Union) fought west of the Mississippi River and was associated with Federal efforts to keep Missouri in the Union. There has been little development in the area since and it is said to be most intact civil war battle site in the nation.

There is a small but well-done visitor center and a seven-mile tour road with several well-marked tour stops.The visitor center contains a theater, bookstore, and a small museum. A very useful 30 minute film providing a historical overview is shown on a regular basis throughout the day. Highly recommended. Also recommend that some time be spent viewing the museum and the informative relief map and dioramas.

The tour road is self-guided and visitors can take as much time as they wish to examine the topography and battle-sites. There are a number of cannons on display.

This a beautiful area, and I found it illuminating and sobering to view the sights; to consider the events; and to contemplate the carnage and the courage. Definitely worth visiting.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Pea Ridge National Military Park - #1 Civil War Park”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I have read many websites that list Pea Ridge as a top Civil War Park. The park lived up to that billing. We spent 2 hours exploring the visitor center, watching the movie, and driving the battlefield. I do not recommend the driving tour CD, it was off by a stop and we were more confused than helped. The best way to experience the park is to view the map boards in the visitor center, watch the movie and then drive the park with the brochure. If you get lost during the drive, make sure to stop at the east overlook, it will help you regain your bearings. If nothing else, visit here!

Visited October 2012
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