Dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic in Particular, and the Public in General (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic in Particular, and the Public in General The battle Pea Ridge took place in Benton county, Arkansas, in March, 1862, between the Union forces, commanded by Brig. Gen. Samuel Curtis, consisting of 10,000 men, and the Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, whose forces were estimated at 30,000. This battle so far as numbers are concerned, when compared with some of the engagements during the Rebellion, seems at first sight insignificent. But upon close examination it will be discovered that this was one of the most import ant victories for the Union cause, while on the other hand, it was one of the most damaging defeats to the Confederate cause. It at once deprived them of all hope of drawing into the Confederacy the vast territory comprehended between the Mississippi river and the Pacific ocean, as they had already instigated certain Indian tribes to take up arms against the government; and they further hoped to augment...

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