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Pea Ridge National Military Park

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Table Rock Lake visitors will find a vast Civil War battlefield about an hour’s drive away in northern Arkansas.  The Pea Ridge National Military Park at Garfield, Ark., commemorates a battle fought March 7, 1862, and is credited for saving Missouri for the Union.  More than 26,000 soldiers were involved in what is called the “most decisive” battle west of the Mississippi River.  The 4,300-acre park, operated by the National Park Service, features a seven-mile road tour with 10 stops, nine miles of horse trails and a seven-mile hiking trail.  The visitor center contains a theater featuring a 28-minute film, bookstore and museum.