Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, March 8th 1862., Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

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.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
1862
Medium
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches
Credit
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
2004.D03.172
On View?
No
Image Request
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. ken harding

    I have a very crude print of this picture of battle of pea ridge. It is a print but must be very early and old. Wonder if interested in seeing a photo of this for whatever reason
    Thanks

    1. mross

      If you have a digital photo and it is easy to send it, we’d love to see your print. Because the prints were hand-colored with watercolor paint (in most cases), there are some interesting variations. You can send it to artquestions@springfieldmuseums.org.

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