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Pea Ridge National Military Park
This is the rebuilt Elkhorn Tavern, which was in a pivotal area of the battle. 7.33 Arkansas ratingStar
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Pea Ridge National Military Park is a well-preserved US Civil War battlefield in northwest Arkansas. The battle was a major regional engagement that took place in March 1862 and solidified the Union’s hold on Missouri.

Prior to the battle Union forces established a strong defensive position in anticipation of a Confederate attack. Confederate forces attacked from two directions and surprised Union forces by getting to the rear of Union lines. Even though the Union army was outnumbered, their superior artillery tactics proved decisive and Confederate troops retreated after sustaining high casualties.

As with most Civil War parks the visitor center/museum is the best place to start a visit. The museum is informative and includes a variety of displays about the battle and generals and troops on both sides. Make sure to watch the film as it is memorable and has a solder/actor reminiscing about the events many years after. The battle reenactment scenes also are very good. The park includes an auto-tour with 11 stops at various parts on the battlefield. There is a hilly area (auto tour stop 7) from which the views of the battlefield are excellent and a flatter area on which the primary fighting took place. The rebuilt Elkhorn Tavern is periodically open and staffed by a volunteer. If you want to visit the tavern, check with the park first for its schedule.

Pea Ridge will primarily appeal to those interested in the Civil War. Others may enjoy a visit to go biking or for an extended walk at this sizable 4,300 acre park. Pea Ridge also includes a small portion of the historic Trail of Tears.
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