Yesterday, we were in Bentonville, AR (where Wal-Mart started) and, across from the original Walton 5 and 10 cent store (worth the visit, incidentally), we saw this at the town square.
Here are a couple of more views of this granite monument. One thing I noted (as a Yankee from New York State) was all of the American flags surrounding the monument.
When we lived in Northwest Arkansas too many years ago, we were vaguely aware of the Civil War history of the area. Every day, in fact, we both commuted to work through two Civil War battlefields - Prairie Grove and Cane Hill. A major battlefield, Pea Ridge/Elkhorn Tavern, was about 50 miles from where we lived.
Few people we knew seemed to care about the Civil War back then. Now, it's totally different. In this area that has seen some of the most rapid growth in the United States over the past 10 years, signs now guide the traveler to the Cherokee Trail of Tears (we didn't live that far from that historic trail of suffering, either, and never knew!) and various Civil War sites.
We visited Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge and Cane Hill this past week, and tomorrow hope to see Wilson's Creek in Missouri (the "Bull Run of the West") on the way home to upstate New York.
Missouri, another border state, and a slave state, stayed with the Union but its soldiers fought on both sides of the war. Its people also suffered terribly during and after the war.
If you are interested in the Civil War, I highly recommend you don't stay on the East Coast if you travel to sites. There is a lot of fascinating history out "west", in Missouri, Arkansas and even beyond, and you will be pleasantly surprised by what you learn.