Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

The Legacy of Prairie Grove/The Borden House

 

City: Prairie Grove

County: Washington

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, near the Borden House

Sponsor: ACWSC, Friends of Prairie Grove, PGBSP, ADPT, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 382431
UTM-Y: 3983106
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.98531517
Longitude: -94.30419551

Marker Text

The Legacy of Prairie Grove

 

Prairie Grove was the last major battle in northwest Arkansas and helped seal the fate of Missouri and northern Arkansas. After the Confederate army left, never to return, Union troops and supplies were sent elsewhere. Bushwhackers and jayhawkers then flowed into the region, preying on the civilians left helpless in the power vacuum. The Union army would attempt to root out these lawless brigand bands with varying degrees of success. In the end, the outlaws would reign throughout the Ozarks region until after the Civil War ended in 1865. 

 


No. 19

 

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Friends of the Prairie Grove Battlefield, Inc.
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

 

2011

 

The Borden House

 

 The Borden House was the epicenter of what one historian has called one of the most intense firefights west of the Mississippi during the Dec. 7, 1862, Battle of Prairie Grove. Union and Confederate troops fought around the house and orchard, suffering hundreds of casualties. The Borden family sought refuge from the fighting with other families in a cellar one mile west of here. The day after the battle the Borden family returned to find that their home had been burned to the ground. The house here now was built on the same site around 1870.

 

No. 19

 

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Friends of the Prairie Grove Battlefield, Inc.
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

 

2011

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