Monday, January 14, 2008
Prairie Grove Battlefield - Rhea's Mill
We continue our look at the Prairie Grove Battlefield in Northwest Arkansas. One of the focal points of the park is the chimney from Rhea's Mill.
Originally located 6 miles northwest of the battlefield, the 55-foot high chimney was donated to the park in 1957. Relocated to Prairie Grove and carefully reconstructed, it now serves as an imposing monument to the men who fought here on December 7, 1862.
During the actual Battle of Prairie Grove, Rhea's Mill served as a concentration point for the supply train of General J.G. Blunt's Union Army of the Frontier. The mill was considered a relatively safe location, due to its distance behind the Union lines during the battle.
We will continue our look at the Prairie Grove Battlefield over the next few days. In the meantime, you can see additional photographs of the park, read official battle reports and learn more about the Battle of Prairie Grove by visiting www.exploresouthernhistory.com. Simply scroll down the page to the index section and click the link for the "Battle of Prairie Grove."