Date Original



This collection eight items related to the Pea Ridge National Park campaign.

Biographical/Historical Note

Located near Rogers, Benton County, the 4,300-acre Pea Ridge National Military Park was created by an act of Congress in 1956. The park, which preserves the battlefield of the 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge, was dedicated as a national park during the nation’s Civil War Centennial in 1963. Pea Ridge is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. The Pea Ridge National Military Park came into being through the work of several Arkansas congressmen. Representative Clyde T. Ellis of Arkansas’s Third Congressional District began corresponding with the National Park Service in 1939, reviving a proposal to preserve the Pea Ridge battlefield. In 1956, the Arkansas congressional delegation proposed legislation to make Pea Ridge a national military park. This was a major breakthrough in Civil War battlefield preservation. At that time, under the National Park Service classification system, only one acre should have been preserved, along with a monument. On July 20, 1956, Congress enacted legislation to accept a 5,000-acre donation from the state of Arkansas. The Pea Ridge National Military Park is a part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, the Lower Missouri Civil War Heritage Trail, and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Benton County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Pea Ridge National Park campaign papers, SMC.101.031


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Pea Ridge National Park campaign papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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