Today I visited the Pea Ridge National Military Park, where approximately 26,500 troops fought at The Battle of Pea Ridge in 1862 during the American Civil War. You can read about the battle here.
It was cold when Andy and I visited the park that is home to canons, battlements and some say the spirits of the fallen. Along the winding path through the park are plaques that commemorate battles of the past. They explain what happened at each location, who the leaders were and the outcome of each fight as the confederate and union soldiers fought for their lives and the future of their nation. It was quite a somber experience walking along the path and through the trees thinking about the time period this battle was fought in. I imagined the chaos of fighting with muskets and canons in the woods and out on the field. It would have been quite harrowing.
The photograph above shows how the battlements were constructed, soldiers sheltered behind them and fired at the enemy. The photograph below was taken from the East Overlook and shows a view across the Pea Ridge battlefield. The confederate forces sheltered in the rocky hillside whilst the union soldiers were in the field firing artillery. The small black dots lined up in the distant field are canons like those pictured in the first photograph.