A major figure in Arkansas in the years before the War Between the States, Pike was opposed to the secession of the Southern states, but served the Confederacy as a brigadier general. By the time he received his appointment in November of 1861, however,
It is thought that the structure was built in around 1820, making it one of the oldest sta
His career as a Confederate general was brief. Assigned to command in the Indian Nations in what is now Oklahoma
, he led Native American troops at the Battle of Pea Ridge. He became involved in a conflict with General Thomas Hindman, however, and resigned his commission the following year.
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