Be A Junior Civil War Historian
National Park Service
One hundred fifty years ago, our nation nearly tore itself apart. Soldiers in blue and gray struggled on battlefields across the country and changed the face of the United States of America. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield has joined with several national parks to encourage young visitors and their families to visit the special places where the Civil War unfolded. Children ages six and older can earn a special Junior Civil War Historian patch by completing the Junior Ranger programs at two or three of the participating parks and/or completing special an online activity at http://www.nps.gov/stri/forkids/jcwhonline.htm.
Did You Know?
The term "brother against brother" is often used to describe the Civil War, but at Wilson's Creek it was literally true. Both Joseph Shelby (Missouri State Guard) and his stepbrother Cary Gratz (1st Missouri Infantry, U.S.) fought on Bloody Hill. Gratz was killed during the battle.