Recalling Herron’s march from Springfield to Prairie Grove

It’s fair to say that the story of the Civil War in the Ozarks is relatively unknown compared to eastern campaigns such as Gettysburg and Atlanta.

It seemed like a daily occurrence when I worked at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for a visitor to ask, “What war was this battle in?” in all seriousness.

Our “sister” park, located 60 miles (as the crow flies) to the south, Pea Ridge National Military Park, near the booming cities of Rogers and Bentonville, is equally obscure among the general public.

While not as famous as their eastern counterparts, battles and skirmishes in the Ozarks were just as hard-fought, bloody, and contained stories of bravery and endurance.

Each December, I’m reminded of one such story: General Frank Herron’s march from Springfield to Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

The Archibald Borden House, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.

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