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The Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas Driving Tour

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by Buckeye Bill, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. Buckeye Bill

    Buckeye Bill 1st Lieutenant

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    * Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman Hall (Visitor Center)

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    * Union General James G. Blunt statue

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    * Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman statue

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    * Arkansas State Historic Marker

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    * Tour Stop - 1 : Shoup Chooses The Position

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    * Tour Stop - 2 : The Latta House and Cellar

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    * Tour Stop - 3 : The Ravine (Confederate Position)

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    * Tour Stop - 4 : The Borden House and Orchard

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    * The Blocher Arkansas Battery

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    * Tour Stop - 5 : Carnage in the Apple Orchard

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    * Tour Stop - 6 : Confederate Right Flank

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    * Tour Stop - 7 : The Borden Wheat Field

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    * Tour Stop - 8 : The Union Illinois River Ford Crossing

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    * Photos courtesy of William Bechmann (2011)
     

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  3. donna

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    Great photos as always.
     
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  4. Buckeye Bill

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    * Tour Stop - 9 : The Borden Corn Field

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    * Tour Stop - 10 : Position of the 20th Iowa

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    * Tour Stop - 11 : The Morton Hay Field (West Overlook of Battlefield)

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    * Tour Stop - 12 : The Morton House Site

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    * Tour Stop - 13 : Confederate Left Flank

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    * Tour Stop - 14 : Prairie Grove Church (Battle Named after Original Log Structure)

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    * "The Bayonet or Retreat" painting by Andy Thomas (Borden House)

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    * They Came Like Demons" painting by Andy Thomas

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    * The Rhea Mill Smokestack

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    * Photos courtesy of William Bechmann (2011)
     
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    The day that my friend Mike Noirot and I toured this battlefield in July 2010 was nearly 100 degrees and 90% humidity, and it was just ghastly. As a result, there's a lot of that battlefield that I don't remember very well, as we were dying out there. Thanks for the reminders, Bill. I guess I need to go back, only when it's not so beastly out....
     
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    We toured Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove battlefields in one day, Eric. And the weather was a thick layer of cream soup. 100% brutal.....
     
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    We did Wilson's Creek on a Friday and Pea Ridge, Fort Smith, OK, and Prairie Grove that Saturday. That was a long, steamy hot day.
     
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    Makes me homesick. :smile:
     
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    And I thought Antietam was close to pristine. My friend on another forum who is a Trans-Mississippi buff is right - you could almost step into the 19th century on this field from the looks of things!
    Thanks for sharing again, William.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures. I've been to Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge. I need to take a trip to Prairie Grove.
     
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    Did you get down to Cane Hill? The first couple of time I drove that area I was without the better maps that I have now.
     
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  12. Buckeye Bill

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    Welcome!

    I enjoyed my time in your home state......
     
  13. Buckeye Bill

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    Negative....
     
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    I love Prairie Grove. Wonderful tour. I was doing a book signing at the re-enactment one year so had the privilege of joining in a square dance with dancers all in costume. And then visited the tent city that night and strolled through the camp, enjoying tasting supper from several fires, and even joined in singing period songs with the fellows. One of my best memories ever. I will cherish it always.
     
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    Thanks for bring this thread back up.
    I missed when it was first posted, excellent tour @William Bechmann. :thumbsup:
     
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    Thank you, Sir!

    The state of Arkansas has done a wonderful job running this American Civil War venue!
     
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  17. Buckeye Bill

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    The Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas occurred on this day in 1862.
     
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    Great pics and thread. One of these days hopefully I'll get to reading a few books about the CW action in Arkansas then make a road trip up there.
     
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    I have bought the Blue & Gray Magazine issues on Prairie Grove and Helena in anticipation of a future trip or 2 to Arkansas.
     
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