Disastrous Retreat

Disastrous Retreat (HMNU6)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 27.196', W 94° 0.915'

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March 8, 1862 - Afternoon

It took two weeks for the stunned survivors of the Confederate Army of the West to make their way from here back to rendezvous on the Arkansas River. In late March 1862 General Van Dorn was ordered to take his army east to Mississippi. This left northern Arkansas in the hands of the Union.

"[Our] regiment arrived...in straggling squads, tired, hatless, barefooted, hungry, dirty, and ragged. They had been in rain-storms, climbed steep mountains along narrow and rugged foot-paths, waded deep and cold mountain streams, starved, slept without tents or blankets on the wet and frosty ground...The retreat was more disastrous than a dozen battles."
William Tunnard, private, 3rd Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Brigadier General Sterling Price, a 52-year-old planter and lawyer born in Virginia, commanded Missouri state troops at Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge. The popular former congressman and governor of Missouri survived four years of civil war, and died in St. Louis in 1867.

Near here Price tried in vain to rally his battered and exhausted division. Many regiments then retreated along this road east toward Huntsville. Other Confederates withdrew to the north and west.
HM NumberHMNU6
Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 409022 N 4034703
Decimal Degrees36.45326667, -94.01525000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 27.196', W 94° 0.915'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 27' 11.76" N, 94° 0' 54.90" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 252-298 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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