Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field

Fiery Finale on Ruddick's Field (HMNT6)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 27.251', W 94° 1.373'

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The first day's fighting ended at sunset on the large open field you see in the distance below. The half of the Confederate army that had circled completely around Big Mountain - where you now stand - had fought hard all day to force their way up the long mountain hollow that leads to Elkhorn Tavern.

As the late winter sunlight faded, Union troops pulled back from Elkhorn Tavern and prepared for a last-ditch defense along the tree line that bordered Benjamin Ruddick's cornfield below. Federal gunners set their cannon wheel hub to wheel hub and waited for the final massive Confederate assault.

The white-clad soldiers of the Missouri State Guard who made that last charge were hungry and worn out by the three-day, 60-mile march they had made from the Boston Mountains. Desperate men on both sides knew that what they could in those last 15 minutes of light might determine victory or defeat.
HM NumberHMNT6
Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 12:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 408340 N 4034812
Decimal Degrees36.45418333, -94.02288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 27.251', W 94° 1.373'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 27' 15.06" N, 94° 1' 22.38" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 39 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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