Sunset at Pea Ridge National Military Park
Pea Ridge National Military Park
preserves the site of an 1862 Civil War battle that gave the Union
total control of Missouri and led directly to the federal occupation of
Arkansas. During the Battle of Pea Ridge, some 26,000
soldiers clashed during the two-day battle, with Confederates under Gen.
Benjamin McCulloch and Union forces under Gen. Samuel R. Curtis. The
Confederate army also included about 800 Cherokees. Today, the Pea Ridge Military Park
the park encompasses 4,300 acres and features a reconstructed Elkhorn
Tavern, visitors center, museum, self-guided tours and a 2.5-mile
segment of the "Trail of Tears." Pea Ridge is located northeast of
Rogers, along U.S. 62. 479-451-8122; www.nps.gov/peri/.