The Second Major Battle of the Civil War
Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat. The bloody Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused greater national attention on the war in Missouri. The nearly pristine landscape allows visitors to experience one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation.
The collection represents the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West, and includes uniforms, weapons, flags, personal items, letters and photographs.Read More
Trading Cards for Kids
Discover more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.Read More
Our virtual tour allows you to preview what the battlefield has to offer and will make your visit a more meaningful experience.Read More
Wilson's Creek in Depth
Learn more about the Wilson's Creek campaign, the battle, and those who fought here.Read More
Living history programs, talks, special tours and exhibits are scheduled throughout the year at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.Read More
The Hulston Library
The Hulston Library, founded in 1985, contains 6,500 volumes, plus microfilm, periodicals and files concentrating on the Civil War period.Read More
Did You Know?
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.