National Geographic : 1961 Nov
"Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us by the former, for the sake of the latter." y;4# r. The Civil Warbattle with cowboys,Indians and"Wild Bill"Hikok,too Thie Civil War b attle with3 cowboys, Indians and "Wild Bill" Hickok, too The Ozarks, beginning in Arkansas and running northeasterly into Missouri, are a wonderful blend of scenery, history, and mountain folklore. You'll find all three on Pea Ridge Battlefield. The scenery is unequalled in any National Military Park. The history? Here a Federalvictory saved Missouri for the Union. And the folklore tells of "Wild Bill" Hickok, Wild West cowboys and Indians, and tales of valor you won't believe until a Park historian shows you where it all happened. "Wild Bill" fought at Pea Ridge as a Union scout, shooting from the hip. Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek and Cherokee Indians went on the warpath for the South, their warwhoops matching the rebel yells of Texas cowboys enlisted as cavalry men. In the little clearing just below the "covered wagon" in our illustration, twenty-two devil-may care Confederate horsemen charged an entire regi ment of infantry, captured their flag, and chased them into the woods. Along Little Sugar Creek, you can walk in the original trenches, after one hundred years still as deeply etched in our land as the battle is fixed in our history. Pea Ridge Battlefield in Arkansas is being re stored by our National Park Service. You'll enjoy being there on next May 7 when it will be formally dedicated. The pomp and ceremony you'll see would perhaps seem needless "foofaraw" to the rawboned frontiersmen who fought here. But today'sAmericans will understand,and be grateful for this timely re minder of our heroic past. And, as old Sam Adams hoped, they will more firmly resolve to maintain our American heritage in this world of angry dissension. FREE CIVIL WAR MAP. Ask your Sinclair Dealer about Sinclair's Civil War Centennial Map. Shows battle lines of 20 great engagements, colorful illustrations of Civil War battles, uniforms and guns. You'll treasure it as a collector's item! FREE TOUR INFORMATION. Let Sinclair help plan your trip to Pea Ridge, or other Civil War battlefields during the Centennial. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Building, 600 Fifth Avenue, New York 20, N.Y. SinclairAGreat Name inOil PUBLISHED IN COOPERATIONWITH THE CIVIL WARCENTENNIALCOMMISSION,ESTABLISHED BY ACTOF CONGRESSTO INCREASEAWARENESSOF OUR HISTORICALHERITAGE-THE MENAND EVENTSWHICHSHAPEDOURNATION'S GROWTH.