Cheyenne, WY (PRWEB) August 6, 2007
In its August issue, OldWestNewWest.Com, the Internet eZine that reports on how the New West is keeping alive Old West traditions (http://www.oldwestnewwest.com), continues its focus on how the American Civil War reached into the West with a look at the Battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.
"The effort by the South to win Missouri effectively ended with the 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas, said Mike Harris, OldWestNewWest.Com editor. "Keeping Missouri in the Union was critical to President Abraham Lincoln and his generals if federal forces were to control the Mississippi River and divide the Confederacy."
OldWestNewWest.Com's report on the Battle of Pea Ridge includes a look at the Pea Ridge National Military Park, operated by the National Park Service. The park, covering more than 4,300 acres, is one of the nation's most intact Civil War battlefields.
"Pea Ridge was a crucial battle in the West, and for anyone interested in the Union-Confederate struggle for the West, they should go experience it," Harris said.
Pea Ridge Military Park includes the entire battlefield and a section of original earthworks constructed by federal forces prior to the fighting. Additional features include a recreation of the historic Elkhorn Tavern structure (scene of much of the fighting) and original parts of the Telegraph / Military Road that was a major thoroughfare prior to the Civil War. The park includes a seven-mile self-guided tour road with 10 stops at key battlefield locations.
"To some, America's Civil War and the settling of the American West seem two totally unrelated parts of American history," said Harris. "The Civil War, however, did reach into the American West, and the stories of how the two sides fought west of the Mississippi River are filled with stories of daring and courage. Our readers will want to know where they can experience these Old West stories."
The August issue also includes travel reports on Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Wyoming, and Hickok's Steakhouse and Brewery in Springfield, Missouri.About OldWestNewWest.Com
OldWestNewWest.Com, the Internet eZine that showcases how the New West celebrates America's Old West, is published by Cheyenne, Wyoming-based La Frontera Publishing, publisher of historic fiction and non-fiction books about the American West. Its Web site can be found at http://www.lafronterapublishing.com and reached at (307) 778-4752. LFP's eZine, OldWestNewWest.Com, can be found at http://www.oldwestnewwest.com