Save the Cannon!

Save the Cannon! (HMNS0)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 26.693', W 94° 3.142'

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March 7, 1862 - Mid-Morning

Like maddened hornets, Confederate infantrymen boiled out of Morgan's Woods, crossed Leetown Road, and swarmed toward the six Federal cannon that had unlimbered in this corner of Oberson's cornfield. Captain William Black stood in front of the cannon and fired his Colt repeating rifle to single-handedly delay the fierce assault until he fell wounded. Black bought the artillerymen time to save four of the six guns from being captured.

(Caption Under Black's Portrait):
William Black was 19 years old when he fought here with the 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment. Years later he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor at Pea Ridge, one of four men so honored. Black survived the war and practiced law in Chicago.

I saw two rebel officers rush toward Captain Black with drawn swords and demand his surrender... he struck the nearest with his sword...and leaping over his prostrate form with the agility of a tiger, he struck the other full in the face with his already empty revolver, and he fell like a stone.
Samuel McKay, private, 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment
HM NumberHMNS0
Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 2:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 405686 N 4033808
Decimal Degrees36.44488333, -94.05236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 26.693', W 94° 3.142'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 26' 41.58" N, 94° 3' 8.52" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 68 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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