Ben­tonville, circa 1905

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - By Ray Hanley

“While Siegel [mis­spelled on the card] was eat­ing his break­fast at this ho­tel, he was sur­prised by the Con­fed­er­ates and had to leave his meal. In 1895 he came back and said he came to fin­ish his break­fast. He was an hon­ored guest of both sides.” Gen­eral Franz Siegel, a vet­eran of the Ger­man Army be­fore com­ing to the United States, com­manded Union troops at the Bat­tle of Pea Ridge. The ho­tel, which stood near the town square, was long ago razed and re­placed.

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