Battle scene. Four canons in center. Soldiers in blue coming in from right. American flag in background at right. Obvious large red streaks denoting blood from wounds on men on ground along center front. Remainder of title: “Terrific fighting by the Union Forces, under Genls Curtis and Sigel, and total defeat and rout of the Rebel Army, under Van Dorn. Price and McCulloch.”
This print dramatically illustrates the fierce combat of the Civil War. Union soldiers, in their wide-brimmed hats, charge from the right over dead horses and killed and wounded Confederate soldiers. The air is filled with smoke From cannon fire and the scene is of complete chaos. The Battle of Pea Ridge (also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern) was fought on March 7 and 8, 1862 at Pea Ridge in northwest Arkansas, near Bentonville. In the battle, Union forces led by General Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederacy under General Earl Van Dorn. It was a decisive victory and transferred control of Missouri to the Union for the next two years.