It's time for the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge. The battle will be reenacted on October 27-28. Don't miss it because it's only done on odd years. The next one won't be until 2009. It's hosted by the Peel House Foundation and the Bentonville CVB
The schedule is as follows:
8:00 The gates are open
11:30 C.W. Webb, a historian, will present Medical Equipment of the Civil War.
1:00 pm the Battle begins.
1:45 Symposium with Dr William Shea and Dr William Piston
4:00 pm the Battle will commence once more
10:00 Period church service
1:00 another Battle exhibition takes place.
Admission is reasonably priced at $7.00 per carload. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for battle viewing. Period Sutlers and present day food vendors will be present. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I highly recommend having a bowl of soup and a chunk of cornbread or a funnel cake while you're there.
You can spend the entire day viewing the battles, attending presentations and visiting the camps where soldiers are preparing for battle. You can walk through the encampments where they'll be exhibiting medical care, clothing, and food. Questioning the reenactors is encouraged.
The battle is held on several acres. Parking is toward the front, it isn't paved and it's some distance to the site. Be sure to allow time to get situated before the excitement begins.
Please be advised this event is held on farm land. The terrain is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Golf carts will be available to shuttle folks with wheelchairs and other assistive devices to the viewing area. The able bodied need to be prepared to hoof it. A pair of sturdy closed toed shoes would be ideal.
Some bleacher seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. You're encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No coolers, alcohol, or glass containers are allowed.
Service animals are allowed but other pets should sit this one out. There are guns and cannon firing and horses involved in the reenactment. Many pets do not respond well to this.
There will be Porta potties on site.
If you've never been to a reenactment it's a great way to spend the day. You and your family can learn a lot from all of the knowledgeable staff and participants.
Have a great trip!