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.
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 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.