The Vulture and the Wolf

William L. Shea and Earl J. Hess

in Pea Ridge

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780807820421
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469603063
The Vulture and the Wolf

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This chapter describes the aftermath of the Confederates' defeat in the battle of Pea Ridge. While newspapers across the North trumpeted the news of the glorious triumph in faraway Arkansas, the soldiers of the Army of the Southwest experienced the grim aftermath of a major battle. The Federals lost 1,384 men at Pea Ridge: 203 killed, 980 wounded, and 201 missing and presumed captured, roughly 13 percent of the approximately 10,250 troops engaged. Confederate losses are less certain. No formal accounting was made, and Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn's airy statements are highly suspect. As the Confederates attacked on March 7 and endured the bombardment on March 8, they almost certainly suffered correspondingly higher casualties than the Federals.

Keywords: Civil War; Pea Ridge campaign; Federals; Confederates; Arkansas; Army of the Southwest

Chapter.  9615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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