It was extremely rare in the Civil War to be able to see an entire army lined up for a fight, with all the regiments within sight of each other.
Had you stood here on Saturday, March 8, 1862, you could have see 10,000 Union men in battle lines stretching for a mile over the open fields below. It was a sight that few veterans of the battle of Pea Ridge ever forgot.
Forward quick time guide right.
Halt make ready take aim fire.
After first shot load at will.
Our guns a-booming.
The battery howling.
Some excited, I might say all.
But we was going forward...
diary of Samuel Herrington, sergeant, 8th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Davis' Division