A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell

A Perfect Storm of Shot and Shell (HMNUC)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 26.966', W 94° 1.331'

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March 8, 1862 - Morning

...[the Yankees] opened a perfect storm of round and shrapnell shot and shell...[the ground] was literally ploughed up by cannon ball...It is a perfect miracle that any of us ever came out.
John J. Good, captain, Dallas Texas Light Artillery, Good's Battery

Here two armies lined up for a second day of fighting after a long, bitterly cold night. Confederate artillerists set up their guns along the edge of these woods. The Union battle line was only 500 yards away - a 5-minute walk - across wide open fields.

At 8:00 a.m. the Union cannon bellowed out their first volley, concentrating first on the Confederate artillery positions here. Confederate gunners fired back. The roar of big guns was heard more than 50 miles away. The Yankee barrage went on nonstop for two hours.

It was the largest artillery shelling of the Civil War up to that point. The unrelenting bombardment forced the surviving Confederate cannoneers - by then low on ammunition - back to safety at Elkhorn Tavern.
Placed ByPea Ridge National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 408397 N 4034284
Decimal Degrees36.44943333, -94.02218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 26.966', W 94° 1.331'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 26' 57.96" N, 94° 1' 19.86" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 273 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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