Battlefield Wanderings, Part 2 – Northwest Arkansas

This is the final installment of my report of the trip Eric J. Wittenberg and I took to the Trans-Mississippi Theater in July 2010.  These photos are from our excursion into northwest Arkansas on July 17, 2010.  On this unusually warm day, even by Arkansas standards, we visited Pea Ridge National Battlefield Park, Fort Smith National Historic Site and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.  While Eric and I did not do as much hiking, as at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, we did journey most of the way up Telegraph (Wire) Road to the historic tan yard (Pea Ridge).  The trip up the road was more comfortable than the trip back, as it was primarily downhill.  While Fort Smith was an interesting site, it did not offer quite as much excitement as the battlefields.  We finished our excursion with a visit to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.  This is one of the better battlefield state parks in the country.  With excellent interpretation, and many scenic views, it is well worth a trip for any serious Civil War battlefield student.  After our visit to Prairie Grove, we drove back to St. Louis, arriving at 11:00 PM – quite exhausted.  Our last stops were on Sunday morning, July 18, when we visited Jefferson Barracks and Grant’s Farm.  I had an incredible time wandering the Trans-Mississippi battlefields and Eric experienced one final bit of excitement when his flight back to Columbus was delayed by a thunderstorm and then a “mechanical problem” with the Boeing 737.  Thanks for a wonderful time, Eric!

Mike’s Trans-Mississippi Battlefield Trip on Flickr.

About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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