On March 7 and 8, 1862, a decisive Civil War battle raged at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, with troops led by Major General Samuel R. Curtis (US) and Major General Earl Van Dorn (CS). This entanglement played a pivotal role in preserving Missouri for the Union. The Sesquicentennial Anniversary of that historic fight is going to be observed March 9-11 at Pea Ridge National Military Park.
A re-enactment of the Bentonville 1862 confrontation between armies from the North and South kicks-off the event at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March. 9 on the Bentonville Square. “Songs and Stories of the Civil War” performed by Bobby Horton is at 7 p.m. in the Northwest Arkansas Community College auditorium.
Saturday everything moves to the actual battlefield at Pea Ridge with activities beginning at 10 a.m. Several living history demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, ending with a battlefield candle luminary. Programs start again at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Visit the Pea Ridge Foundation website for a full schedule of events.