Cotton Recognizes Pea Ridge National Military Park as Part of National Park Initiative
Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) recently recognized Pea Ridge National Military Park in the Congressional Record as part of his initiative to highlight Arkansas's National Parks and Historic Sites in celebration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition in the Congressional Record below, or here.
In honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday year, I want to recognize Pea Ridge National Military Park in Northwest Arkansas. Pea Ridge National Military Park is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the United States and its history deserves to be shared.
The Battle of Pea Ridge took place in March of 1862 when 26,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought for two straight days. The battle was hard-fought, but in the end the Union forces, led by General Samuel Curtis, were victorious and the Union won complete control of the state of Missouri.
Pea Ridge National Military Park officially became part of the National Park system on July 20, 1956, thanks largely to the efforts of the Arkansas congressional delegation. And it was officially dedicated as a national park during the nation's Civil War Centennial in 1963.
Today, 4,300 acres of battlefield are preserved for visitors. The grounds include a recreation of the Elkhorn Tavern-an important landmark of the battle-as well as a visitors center and a museum. The park is also home to two and a half miles of the Trail of Tears, another important United States landmark.
Arkansas is a state full of rich history and heritage and Pea Ridge National Military Park is a critical part of that history. If you find yourself in the picturesque Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas this fall, take some time to drive through or walk the grounds of Pea Ridge National Military Park and see for yourself.