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Monument to A Reunited Soldiery - Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield, AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 27.195 W 094° 01.013
15S E 408876 N 4034702
Quick Description: Only one of two military monuments in this battlefield site
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 1/8/2015 6:10:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMN71C
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 0

Long Description:

County of site: Benton County
Location of site: Military Rd, Elkhorn Tavern Stop, Pea Ridge National Military Park
Artist: Miss Daniels, sculptor

Monument text:
(front cornice): Angel Aloft [around the hand with finger pointing up]
(front shaft):

Spirit of eternal light
Keep silent vigil o'er the brave
The untarnished blue
The unsullied gray
In peace and love unite.

Proud heroes have fallen,
And over their grave
Our hearts are united
Our country to save.

Over the dead the living bend,
And up to their God their voices send
That in Liberty's crown or Eternity's day
He may place as fair Jewels
The Blue and the Gray

(lower front shaft): A United Soldiery-The Blue-The Gray[around the hands clasped relief]
(proper left cornice):
Commander of the
Army of the Southwest
(proper right cornice)
Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis
Commander of the
Army of the Southwest

Proper description: (with corrections)
A female, representing the goddess of Liberty, stands clasping a flower garland in her proper right hand to her side. She wears a full-length dress with her bare feet visible below its hemline. With her proper left hand she grasps her dress with her index finger extended. The sculpture is limestone and mounted atop a base composed of various types of stone, including a marble shaft & cornice. On the front of the cornice, in relief, is a hand with an index finger pointing up, surrounded by an inscription. On the front bottom of the shaft, below the inscription, are two clasped hands in relief. The shaft rests atop a bottom section consisting of two layers of marble blocks on top of two layers of dark concrete blocks. The sculpture is in the center of a circular walkway." ~ paraphrased from Smithsonian American art Museum

Remarks: The sculpture commemorates all who took part in the Battle of Pea Ridge. It was dedicated in 1889, during a five-day reunion of the Blue and Gray, an association of reunited Confederate and Union soldiers. The sculpture was the artist's first work. During the ceremony, the fields of Pea Ridge were dedicated as a National Battlefield Park. The inscription on the monument was composed by Captains Puckett and Lamkin, and Professor John R. Roberts" ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

TITLE: Monument to a Reunited Soldiery

ARTIST(S): Miss Daniels

DATE: Dedicated Sept. 1889

MEDIUM: Sculpture: limestone and marble; Base: concrete


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Physical Address: Pea Ridge National Military Park 15930 E Hwy 62 Garfield, AR 72732

Has it listed as in the town of Benton, AR which is almost 300 miles south of the statue. It is in Benton County but listing under that name is way misleading. Pea Ridge Battlefield is addressed as Garfield, AR Title on the monument is: A Reunited Soldiery The angle is limestone, the center column is marble and the base is poured concrete text on the left and right cornices Last: listing shows dedication date as 1989 and should be 1889

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