Virtual Tour Stop 5

Sigel's Final Position
Sigel's Final Position

Sarah Cunningham

Original 6-pounder field gun at the site of Sigel's Final Position

Sarah Cunningham

Sigel halted his advance at the Sharp House, deployed his troops on either side of the Wire Road, and waited. About 8:30 a.m., a group of gray-clad soldiers moved south down the Wire Road toward Sigel’s position. Sigel assumed they were members of the 1st Iowa, part of General Lyon's force. He was mistaken--they were members of the 3rd Louisiana, a Confederate unit, supported by Missouri and Arkansas troops. The Southerners, aided by two artillery batteries, poured a deadly fire into the Union ranks. Sigel and his men fled the field. The defeat of Sigel's Brigade was a crucial turning point in the battle in favor of the Southerners.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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