Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic

4.6
#14 of 117 in Historic Sites in Missouri
Must see · Battlefield · Tourist Spot
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, located near Republic, Missouri, preserves the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Fought on August 10, 1861, the battle was the first major American Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River. In the battle, a Confederate army commanded by Benjamin McCulloch and Sterling Price defeated a smaller Union army commanded by Nathaniel Lyon. However, the Confederates were unable to hold much of Missouri, and a Confederate defeat at the Battle of Pea Ridge effectively solidified Union control of the state. Major features include a five-mile automobile tour loop, the restored 1852 Ray House, and "Bloody Hill," the site of the final stage of the battle. The site is located near Republic in southwestern Missouri just southwest of the city of Springfield. It has been a unit of the National Park Service since 1960, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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  • Obviously historically significant, but very sobering as are any of the Civil War Battlefields when you try to imagine who walked the grounds and what happened here. "Those who don't study history...  more »
  • My family of five (three kids, ages 6 through 10) visited Wilson's Creek on a Friday in mid October. I'll try to bullet point our experience below. Visitor Center - closed for renovations. I spoke...  more »
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  • This is one of the better National Parks I have visited. The museum is excellent. The film is a bit long but very informative-it made the trip around the fighting area much more real. Bloody Ridge became a very real place. Our grandchildren 11 and 7 loved running up and down the hills and playing soldier with their new canteens and caps. One went Blue and the other Gray. This led to an excellent discussion about whether the North or the South was right. The docent who told us about the hospital did an excellent job and the hospital/home was well decorated with period pieces. We had a great time.
  • 5-mile loop with 8 stops. Narrated tour via phone (dial number associated with different points along the tour) is helpful and interesting. Some weekends there are live re-enactments. Serene and yet haunting place with many short hikes available. Exercisers use the loop as well.

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