Step Back In Time at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

December 24th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkArkansas’ Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is nationally recognized as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Step back in time with a visit and tour of the site of northwest Arkansas last major Civil War battle.

The Battle of Prairie Grove was fought on December 7th, 1862, between the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi and the Union Army of the Frontier. The Confederates hoped to stop the Union’s Southern advance, with Fort Smith at stake.

Both forces were relatively equal and the battle, which saw fierce fighting and over 2,700 casualties, ended in a tactical draw. It was a strategic victory for the Union, however, who commanded the field after the smoke cleared. Confederate hopes for securing northwest Arkansas declined thereafter.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Luckily, those terrible times are over and we can now look back at them, as a whole nation, through places like the Prairie Grove Battlefield.

The park protects the site one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Self-guided walking and driving tours will take you through the battle and aftermath, including the ridge and valley where the heaviest fighting took place. See the four family homes that were here during the battle and learn how the families coped. Follow the course of the battle as it developed and see the various battlefields and strategic points.

Be sure to stop by Hindman Hall Visitors Center while you are here. It serves as the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park museum and gift shop. Inside, you’ll find more information about the battle through interactive exhibits, military artifacts, photos, and other items.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park also hosts Arkansas’s largest Civil War battle reenactment. The 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment is a biannual event, held the first weekend of December, even-numbered years.

The park also includes playground equipment, water fountains, bathroom facilities, and a mile-long, paved walking trail.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

506 E Douglas St, Prairie Grove, AR
Open daily and year ’round: 8am to 5pm
Closed on Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.
Visit www.arkansasstateparks.com for more information, special events, and other details.

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