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.
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