That time came for me and for my spouse this past August, as we decided to trace a not so well known Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas at Cane Hill.
As I've blogged about previously, many Civil War battlefields are privately owned, including Cane Hill.
At a nearby state park that preserves a different battle (Prairie Grove), we were able to pick up directions. They are also available online.
I don't know if this was the work of one person, or of many, but I would like to thank whoever took the time (and spent the money) to erect these plaques and trace the path of the battlefield.
For example, here is where the opening shots were fired.
The second major stop is the abandoned Cane Hill College, which is known today (in another location) as the University of the Ozarks. I do not know what this structure with the name "Cane Hill" is. Nearby, there was a millstone lying on the ground.
The next stop is an abandoned mill, Kidd's Mill. Confederates camped behind this mill before the battle, perhaps where I took the picture.
Another view behind the mill.
And...that is where the tour ends. Because we got lost and we were never able to find where we were supposed to go next.
Yes, that is another part of the experience when you are traveling in a rural area. Sometimes roads aren't too well marked, or are in poor condition. We did enjoy ourselves, though, and learned something of Civil War history in a part of the Confederacy too often ignored.