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 site of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in action. The costly Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the war in Missouri.  Wilson’s Creek NB commemorates and interprets the battle within the context of the war in the Trans-Mississippi West.


Duvall Brothers

Museum Collections

The collection represents the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West, and includes uniforms, weapons, flags, personal items, letters and photographs.

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Cannon at Stop Number 5

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tour allows you to preview what the battlefield has to offer and will make your visit a more meaningful experience.

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Every Kid in a Park

Throughout this school year, all 4th graders can get a pass that will give them and their families free access to all national parks.

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Death of General Lyon

Wilson's Creek in Depth

Learn more about the Wilson's Creek campaign, the battle, and those who fought here.

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Cannon firing demonstration

Special Events

Living history programs, talks, special tours and exhibits are scheduled throughout the year at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

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Map of the Battle of Wilson's Creek

The Hulston Library

The Hulston Library, founded in 1985, contains 6,500 volumes, plus microfilm, periodicals and files concentrating on the Civil War period.

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