Friday, January 18, 2008

Prairie Grove Battlefield - Borden Orchard

This photograph shows the apple orchard in the rear of the Borden House at Prairie Grove Battlefield. During one of their key attacks, Union troops rushed through the yards around the Borden House and surged into the orchard. Confederate soldiers, however, ringed the orchard and poured heavy fire into the outnumbered attackers. Overwhelmed, the Federals withdrew out of the orchard and fell back down the ridge, with the Confederates charging behind them.

The orchard today has been restored by employees at the state park and can be seen both from the Battlefield Trail and from the driving tour.

For more on the Battle of Prairie Grove, please visit Simply scroll down the page and look for the "Arkansas" heading in the Index section.

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