At the Battle of Pea Ridge, four men who fought with the Union Army were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Private Albert Powers of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry, Company A, was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire. Powers entered into federal service at Davis County, Iowa. The citation for his medal, awarded on March 6, 1899, reads as follows: “Under a heavy fire and at great personal risk [Private Powers] went to the aid of a dismounted comrade who was surrounded by the enemy, took him up on his own horse, and carried him to a place of safety.”
Captain William P. Black of the 37th Illinois Infantry, Company K, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on March 7, 1862 at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Born on November 11, 1842 in Woodford, Kentucky, Captain Black joined the Federal Army at Danville, Illinois. Black’s Medal of Honor was awarded on October 2, 1893, and his citation reads as follows: “[Captain Black] singlehandedly confronted the enemy, firing a rifle at them and thus checking their advance within 100 yards of the lines.”
Colonel Eugene A. Carr of the 3rd Illinois Calvary was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Pea Ridge. Born March 10, 1830, Carr joined the Federal Army in the County of Erie at Hamburg, New York. Colonel Carr was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 16, 1894, and his citation reads as follows: “[Colonel Carr] directed the deployment of his command and held his ground, under a brisk fire of shot and shell in which he was several times wounded.”
Lieutenant Colonel Francis J. Herron of the 9th Iowa Infantry was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 26, 1893 for his actions on March 7, 1862 at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Born on February 17, 1837, Herron joined the Federal Army in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The citation for Herron’s Medal of Honor reads as follows: “[Lieutenant Colonel Herron] was foremost in leading his men, rallying them to repeated acts of daring, until himself disabled and taken prisoner.”