• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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  • CONSTRUCTION ON INTERSTATE 44 AT EXIT 70

    Route MM is closed at Exit 70. Bridge reconstruction is scheduled at Exit 70 from Friday, August 8, 2014 to Saturday, November 8, 2014. Visitors should exit I-44 at Highway 360 (exit 69), then exit 360 at MM Highway and continue south to US Highway 60. More »

  • TOUR ROAD CLOSED FOR BLOODY HILL RUN

    The battlefield Tour Road will close to all foot and vehicle traffic at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in order to prepare for the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation's "Bloody Hill Run" event. The road will reopen on Sunday, October 26.

  • "CAMPAIGNS & POLITICS: THE CIVIL WAR IN 1864" LECTURE SERIES

    The National Park Service and the Springfield Library continue their observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial with a series of programs focusing on 1864. Open the current issue of "Bookends" Magazine (pdf file) in the link for a full schedule. More »

  • HISTORIC JOHN RAY HOUSE CLOSED DURING ROOF REPLACEMENT

    The Ray House will be closed intermittently through the fall of 2014 while a new roof is installed. We regret any inconvenience. Visitors may wish to call the Visitor Center at (417) 732-2662, ext. 227 to check on the status of the project.

Be A Junior Civil War Historian

 
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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.

During their visits, young visitors and their families will have the opportunity to explore how the Civil War impacted the lives of everyone American then and still affects us as a people today.

Why did they fight? How did civilians cope with the destruction of war? How did enslaved people seize their opportunities to gain, and sometimes fight for, their freedom? These are just some of the questions Junior Civil War Historians can answer for themselves while they earn their special patch. For additional information of this program contact a park ranger or stop by the main Visitor Center desk for additional information. You can also visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/wicr.

Did You Know?

Position of Totten's Battery on Bloody Hill

Captain James Totten's Battery F, 2nd U.S. Artillery dueled with Captain William Woodruff's Pulaski Battery during the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Ironically, before the war James Totten had helped the members of Woodruff's Battery with their artillery training.