A Long, Cold Hungry March

A Long, Cold Hungry March (HMNT4)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 27.593', W 94° 2.52'

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March 4, 5, 6, 1862

I don't believe they ever made a harder march during the Revolution than we made that night.
Jack Bower, private, 2nd Missouri Regiment

The 16,000-strong Confederate Army of the West spent most of the first week of March 1862 trudging on muddy roads through northwest Arkansas. They traveled some 60 miles from their winter camps deep in the Boston Mountains, beyond the low ridges you see in the distance, to get to Pea Ridge.

General Earl Van Dorn pushed his troops hard to sweep completely around his opponent, using a back road called the Bentonville Detour. Van Dorn gambled that if he could capture the Telegraph Road - the only pipeline for Union supplies and communications - he could crush the Union army. The mountain on which you are standing hid the Confederates' approach to the vital highway.

The last night was the hardest. The cold was bitter. The men were hungry, because their supply wagons lagged far behind. Snow fell as worn-out soldiers slogged the last eight miles in darkness.
HM NumberHMNT4
Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 406633 N 4035462
Decimal Degrees36.45988333, -94.04200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 27.593', W 94° 2.52'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 27' 35.58" N, 94° 2' 31.20" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-109 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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