The Battle of Pea Ridge.
The recent brilliant victory of Gen. Curtiss at Pea Ridge over the rebels under Price, excites some curiosity as to the location of this singularly named battle field. It is in the extreme northwestern part of Arkansas, in the corner county (Benton). A range of hills (of the Ozark range) sweeps from Missouri through this corner of the State, and from thence branches into the India Territory, where that section known as the Boston Mountain is found.
Big Sugar Creek, near which the fight began, is a short distance north of Bentonville, the capital of Benton county, and Pea Ridge is but a short distance from the same town. It forms a part of the mountain range just described.
Cross Winter Hollows, to and from which the rebels were chased, is four miles from the head waters of the Osage Creek, which rises near those of the Big Sugar.
The enemy retreated in two directions, part of them through one of the mountain defiles toward the Indian Territory, and part in a southeasterly direction. At the hour of Gen. Curtiss' report, they were pursued in both directions by our infantry and cavalry. This particular section is a wild, hilly region, where, in case of a rout, it would be extremely difficult to pursue the flying enemy.