Slaughter in the Rocks

Slaughter in the Rocks (HMNTJ)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 27.251', W 94° 1.377'

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March 8, 1862 - Morning

Below you here stand 30-foot-tall columns of stone. Bone-tired Confederates of the 2nd Missouri Brigade took shelter amid these rocky dens after the first day's hard marching and fighting. What at first seemed like a good natural defense became a deathtrap.

As the second day's fighting began, 21 Union cannon in Cox's field below fired a punishing barrage toward this mountainside. A hurricane of artillery projectiles, rock fragments, and timber splinters tore through the infantrymen posted near here. After 30 minutes of slaughter, General Earl Van Dorn ordered a withdrawal back toward Elkhorn Tavern.
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HM NumberHMNTJ
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Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 408334 N 4034812
Decimal Degrees36.45418333, -94.02295000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 27.251', W 94° 1.377'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 27' 15.06" N, 94° 1' 22.62" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 107 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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