On this day 158 years ago the largest battle of the war up to that point would happen in northwest Arkansas at a place called Pea Ridge or ElkHorn Tavern. The Confederates under the infamous womanizer Earl Van Dorn attacked the Federals under Samuel Curtis in a bold two pronged attack. The Confederates were had quick and early success. However, the second in command General McCulloch who lead one of the wings was killed. His second in command General Macintosh was killed just a few minutes later throwing the Confederate plans into chaos. The Confederates and Missouri State Guard still managed to take Elkhorn Tavern. However, they lost pretty much all their momentum giving the Federals all the momentum for a second day of battle.