PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields. The park protects the battle site and interprets the Battle of Prairie Grove, where on December 7, 1862, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier resulting in about 2,700 casualties in a day of fierce fighting.
Walk along the ridge and into the valley where the heaviest fighting took place. See wayside exhibits on the 1-mile Battlefield Trail, or travel the park's 6 1/2-mile Driving Tour.
Exhibits, tours and other programs describe the battle and its local effect. The park hosts Arkansas's largest battle reenactment on the first weekend of December on even-numbered years.
Located in Arkansas, the park commemorates the Battle of Prairie Grove during Civil War. The battle occurred on December 7, 1862. Union and Confederate forces fought fiercely for control over northwest Arkansas territory. Despite heavy casualties on both sides, neither side could claim a decisive victory.
In 1908, local citizens purchased part of the battlefield to preserve it as a memorial site. In subsequent years more land was added until reaching its current size today: approximately 900 acres.
The state took ownership in1955 with an aim to protect this historic area further and provide educational resources about American history.
Today it features historical buildings from that era including Borden House which witnessed much fighting during the battle.
It also hosts annual reenactments of battles attracting thousands each year who come learn about America's past while enjoying outdoor activities offered by beautiful surroundings.