March 7, 1862 - March 8, 1862 2,000 Total Casualties Union casualties : 1,300 Confederate casualties : 2,100
Samuel R. Curtis
Earl Van Dorn
On this day in 1862 , Union forces under General Samuel R. Curtis clash with the army of General Earl Van Dorn at the Battle of Pea Ridge ,also called the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern , in northwest Arkansas .
For the Union , Samuel R. Curtis and for the Confederate Earl Van Dorn .
On March 7, McCulloch slammed into the rear of the Union force, but Curtis anticipated the move and turned his men towards the attack. McCulloch was killed during the battle , and the Confederate attack withered .
Through the Federals had been badly beaten during the fighting on March 7 , they still held a strong position south of Elkhorn Tavern .
The battle of Pea Ridge took place in a open field in Pea Ridge , Arkansas,near Northwest Arkansas , near Leetown .
Pea Ridge , Arkansas
The Battle of Pea Ridge is considered a Union Victory .