Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Ray House

A photo of the Ray House
The Ray House on the Wilson's Creek battlefield
National Park Service

Quick Facts

Location:
Springfield, MO
Designation:
National Park, National Register of Historic Places, HABS/HAER/HALS

The 1852 Ray House is a homestead that was used as a temporary field hospital for Southern soldiers after the Battle of Wilson's Creek and is now a fully-restored historic house museum.

The Battle of Wilson's Creek took place on August 10, 1861 and was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. It is where General Nathaniel Lyon was killed, the first Union general to die in combat during the American Civil War. The Confederate's failure to exploit their victory here allowed Federal forces to maintain their grip on the State of Missouri. With the exception of modern vegetation, Wilson's Creek Battlefield has changed very little over time and remains in near pristine condition.