The Battle of Pea Ridge re-enactment

Members of the Confederate cavalry ride into battle Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, during a re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge in Pea Ridge.

When I was told by a re-enactment participant that when he first participated in the battle re-enactment years ago, there were several thousand participants who traveled to Pea Ridge to take part. Several thousand sounded like quite a lot when I looked out at the relatively small battlefield that had been made of a bit of pasture. A few hundred people would make it look crowded, but several thousand would overflow it. Surely it was an exaggeration. Yet, when the battle started, there appeared to be a huge crowd of people dressed as soldiers. It was rather impressive. I never expected such an elaborate display.

About Andy Shupe

Andy Shupe was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Berea, Ky., where he grew up. After graduating from Berea College with a degree in biology in 1993, Andy moved to Fayetteville and began working for the Northwest Arkansas Times as a clever ploy to enable him to see his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play basketball. In addition to photography, Andy enjoys baseball, working on old cars and marveling at how old that makes him sound.