• 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 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 »

  • 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.

  • "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 »

Photo Gallery

Living History Volunteer
Sarah Cunningham
 
Lt. Omer Weaver
Lt. Omer Weaver is wounded (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
2nd Kansas Infantry on Bloody Hill (scene from upcoming interpretive film)
2nd Kansas Infantry on Bloody Hill (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
Backof's Artillery
Backof's Missouri artillery in action (scene from new interpretive film)
Steve Ross
 
Missouri State Guard fighting on Bloody Hill (scene from upcoming interpretive film)
Missouri State Guardsmen fighting on Bloody Hill (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
Lt. Omer Weaver
Lt. Omer Weaver of the Pulaski Battery reads a letter from his sweetheart, Annie (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
U.S. Regulars in Ray Cornfield
U.S. Regulars in Ray's Cornfield
National Park Service
 
Pulaski Battery in action
Pulaski Battery in action (scene from new interpretive film)
Steve Ross
 
Sigel's Brigade
Preparing to film the rout of Sigel's Brigade
National Park Service
 
3rd Louisiana Soldiers
Members of the 3rd Louisiana in Ray's Cornfield
National Park Service
 
The 3rd Louisiana in Ray Cornfield
The 3rd Louisiana fighting in Ray's Cornfield (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
3rd Missouri Infantry
The 3rd Missouri Infantry marching into action (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
Missouri State Guardsmen
Members of the Missouri State Guard fighting on Bloody Hill (scene from new interpretive film)
National Park Service
 
3rd Louisiana Flags
Flags of the 3rd Louisiana in Ray's Cornfield
Richard Splitter
 
U.S. Regulars
U.S. Regulars in Ray's Cornfield
Richard Splitter
 
3rd Louisiana soldiers in Ray's Cornfield
3rd Louisiana soldiers in Ray's Cornfield
Richard Splitter
 
Lyon and Sigel
General Nathaniel Lyon and Colonel Franz Sigel discuss strategy
Wide Awake Films
 
General Lyon
General Nathaniel Lyon
Wide Awake Films
 
General Sterling Price
General Sterling Price
Wide Awake Films

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.