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 Monday, September 29, 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 »
FALL HOURS OF OPERATION
Fall hours of operation for Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Tour Road hours will change to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Visitor Center hours will remain at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HISTORIC JOHN RAY HOUSE CLOSED DURING ROOF REPLACEMENT
The Ray House will be closed intermittently while a new cedar shake roof is installed. We regret the inconvenience, but the work is necessary for the preservation of the structure. The work is scheduled to be completed by September 15.
"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 »
The Funeral of General Nathaniel Lyon
From Life of General Nathaniel Lyon by Ashbel Woodward:
"The day was singularly beautiful, even among the lovely autumnal days of New England.
For more information on archeology at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, or to read the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Cultural Landscape Report, click here.
For more information on the Springfield National Cemetery, where many of the soldiers killed at Wilson's Creek are buried, click here.
To read an excellent overview of the Wilson's Creek Campaign published by Eastern National, click here.
To access a bibliography of the Civil War in the American West, click here.
Did You Know?
The traditional site of General Lyon's death was marked by a pile of stones soon after the battle, and quickly became a tourist attraction and historic site.