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Battle of Pea Ridge


After their victory at the Battle of Lexington, Confederate fortunes in Missouri soured. From that time until early 1862, the Union army, under General Samuel R. Curtis, pushed Genernal Sterling Price's Confederate Missouri State Guard out of the state and into northern Arkansas. There the Confederate army was reorganized under General Earl Van Dorn. In order to regain access to Missouri, Van Dorn decided to strike at Curtis, who had moved into northern Arkansas.

The Battle of Pea Ridge, also called the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, began when Van Dorn attacked Curtis at Pea Ridge on March 7th. Despite being outnumbered, Curtis was a able to hold off the Confederate attack and then the following day force the Confederates to retreat. Besides losing the battle, the Southerners lost a number of officers, including Generals McCullock and McIntosh. The Union victory solidified Union control over Missouri, which was never again threatened by the Confederacy.

Battle of Pea Ridge
"The Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas--The Final Advance of Our Troops, March 8, 1862." From Harper's Weekly. New York, March 29, 1862. 9 1/4 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.

A stirring image of the Union forces making their assault on the Confederate position on the second day of the battle. JT OUT ON APPROVAL

Charge at Pea Ridge
J.F. Gookins. "The Eighth Missouri Volunteers Charging Over the Eighteenth Regulars at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Tennessee." From Harper's Weekly. New York, May 31, 1862. 4 1/2 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $40

Environs of Petersburg, Va. from Appomattox River to Fort Howard / Position of the Army of the Tennessee during the Battle of Bentonville, N.C., March 20th and 21st, 1865 / Routes of the Army of the Tennessee during the winter campaign in the Carolinas (2 sections) / Engagement near Bentonville, N.C. / Battle-Field of Pea Ridge, Ark., 8th of March, 1862 / Siege operations at Spanish Fort, Mobile Bay. From the U.S. War Department's Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Gov't. Printing Office, 1891-95. Lithographed map, with some highlight color. Double folio size. NB: The maps from this atlas are printed on brittle paper, so there may be short tears in this map. Some stains.

Richard Stephenson has written, "This is the most detailed atlas yet published on the Civil War. It consists of reproductions of maps compiled by both Union and Confederate soldiers." [Stephenson, Civil War Maps, p 99.] The maps show many of the events of the Civil War with great detail, including topography, troop placements and movements, and other information of interest. These are the best near contemporary maps available of many of these battles, sieges, and other events of this conflict. $45
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