Cannon Duel

$109.00$369.00

For over two hours four guns of the 1st Iowa Battery slugged it out with 21 guns of the Missouri State Guard on opposing ridges north of the Elkhorn Tavern on March 7.

Clear
SKU: 107 Category:

Description

This image is available in print or canvas form.

Eleven Paintings…One Battle…One Artist
 
This collection of Pea Ridge paintings are the permanent collection of artwork at the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Each image was also used on the wayside exhibits that are along the historic sites within the park.

For over two hours four guns of the 1st Iowa Battery slugged it out with 21 guns of the Missouri State Guard on opposing ridges north of the Elkhorn Tavern on March 7. Although greatly outnumbered, this action slowed down Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorns attack up the steep-sided ravines north of the Elkhorn Tavern and allowed time for Union reinforcements to make it to the tavern. The Missouri State Guard guns slowly got the upper hand and the 1st Iowa position became untenable. Confederate firepower became more accurate striking a limber chest and one of the Iowa caissons. With one gun disabled, men and horses dropping with every round, Union Colonel Eugene Carr ordered the Iowa guns to withdraw back towards the Elkhorn Tavern.

 Late in the afternoon of March 7, the outnumbered Federals were outflanked and forced to retreat from the Elkhorn Tavern area. As a last defiant measure, the 3rd Iowa battery managed to fire rounds of canister point blank into the charging 1st Missouri Confederate before they swept the guns capturing 2 and 1 gun getting away. The jubilant Missourians found one of the outbuildings at the tavern full of foodstuffs and these starved warriors helped themselves to crackers, oysters, cheese and other eatables. It took some time for the officers to get their men formed back up to press their attack. This was the high point of the battle for the Confederate Army of the West.

For about two hours, we stood in a tempest three of our ammunition chests were blown up, and several men burned. I believe every man at the guns had made up his mind to die there, for it did not seem possible any of us could get out alive.

Lieutenant Samuel Black, 1st Iowa Artillery

Have a question regarding Signed & Numbered (S/N) or Artist Proof (AP)? Visit the FAQ page to learn more

Looking for a Large Format Canvas Giclee Reproduction of this image  I can help!

Email orders.andythomas@gmail.com for a free quote or more information. (Many of the images can be reproduced to larger sizes)

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Cannon Duel”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.