• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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    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 »


    Tickets for the Moonlight Tour are still available. The tour will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 between 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets may be obtained at the Visitor Center or by mail (for a limited time). For more information, call 732-2662, ext. 227.


    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.


    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.


Congregational Church in Eastford, Connecticut where General Lyon's funeral was held.

The Congregational Church in Eastford, Connecticut, where General Lyon's funeral was held on September 5, 1861.

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.
Ten o'clock had been appointed for the commencement of the services. But hours earlier, people began to pour into the village in continuous streams. For miles around, the principal roads were filled with long and nearly unbroken lines of conveyances. . . . By ten o'clock, fifteen thousand people had assembled with the circumference of the village. . . .
In front of the pulpit of the Congregational Church, the remains of Gen. Lyon lay in state. Upon the coffin were placed the hat which he waved aloft. . .and the sword which had become scarred and weather-beaten from sharing in the long, hard service of its owner. . . . Flowers were strewn upon the lid, and the banner which he had followed so devotedly, and upheld so gloriously, threw its graceful fold over the head of the sleeping warrior."

Wilson's Creek

Wilson's Creek

Danny Shortt

The Wilson's Creek area has a rich and varied history. For further information on the pre-Civil War history of Wilson's Creek and the James River (prehistoric and historic archeology, Native American removal, roads, trails, etc.), click here.

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?

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.