Troop 8 Attends 150th Anniversary of Pea Ridge National Military Park

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On March 10-11, 2012, Troop 8, Tulsa, OK assisted the National Park Service at Pea Ridge National Military Park to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge.

Background: (from NPS website)

On March 7 and 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri and the West. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their beliefs. Pea Ridge was one of the most pivotal Civil War battles and is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States.

Close to 23,000 soldiers fought at Pea Ridge on March 7 and 8, 1862. Many of the soldiers were from small towns and had never traveled more than twenty miles away from home before they joined the Army. They were farmers, merchants, teachers, mechanics, lawyers and countless other occupations before they enlisted.

At this early stage of the war, every man was a volunteer. Many joined for patriotic reasons, to preserve the embattled Union or to fight the “Second American Revolution”, while others sought to escape the boredom of life in a small town. Some went with their heads filled with dreams of glory, while others simply did not want to be thought of as cowards. No one thought that this was to be a long or bloody war. They were wrong.



Commemoration Event Summary:

Living historians will present a wide variety of infantry, cavalry, and artillery programs and the park will hold a battlefield luminary on Saturday night, March 10 from 6:00 – 8:00. A schedule of events is available on the park website PLEASE NOTE: Pea Ridge NMP will be CLOSED to horseback riders and bicyclists on March 10-11, 2012 for the anniversary due to safety concerns.

Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves the site of and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces gain control of Missouri. The park is located 10 miles north of Rogers on US Highway 62.Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per vehicle.

Troop 8 effort:

  • Assisted in the opening flag ceremony Saturday morning at 7am.
  • Directed parking of all park visitors during the day – originally estimated by NPS prior to the event as 4,500 – actual attendance for the day as reported by NPS in excess of 20,000.
  • Lead flag lowering ceremony at 5pm for all park attendees at Main Visitor Center – 300 people on hand.
  • Assisted in lighting of luminaries on battlefield – 3,400 total – allowing for nighttime observance of battlefield to the public.
  • Camped on the battlefield in area designated by NPS – no open camping is permitted otherwise in the park.
  • Troop 8 scouts represented over 50% of the assistance reported within the park.  A total of 44 scouts and scouters attended the event from our unit – over 80% of Troop 8 registered scouts were present.