• 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.

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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?

Joseph Shelby

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.