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.Add Wilson's Creek National Battlefield to your Republic travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Republic trip planner .
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Reviews
We are from Fredericksburg VA Crossroads of the Civil War. This park compares favorably to any of the Battlefields back East. Well kept grounds. Knowledgeable Rangers and wonderful museum. more »
General Lyon was a distant relative so really enjoyed the visit. Self-guided tour was very informative and the tour of the Ray House was outstanding. The only downside is that all the trees really mak... more »
I used to visit this park all the time when I lived in Missouri and know the park rangers very well. A great staff, including inside the research library if you need to do any local research there. Probably one of the best battlefields for trails, and I live in Virginia now where most of the battles took place in Civil War. Only downfall about any battlefield is no restrooms outside of the visitor center, which can be an issue if you’re on a trail, but that’s just about any battlefield you go to. Highly recommend this place! Please check out the Ray House if it is open when you visit - it’s a great thing to see! They redid the museum part in visitor center a couple years ago. I am astounded at how amazing it is! They did some major updates to it and I couldn’t be more proud of that for them.
We stopped by Wilson's Creek on the way back from the WWI museum in KC. What a way to enhance the drive home! The battlefield is a drive through or you can ride your bike or hike it if you're up to it. I'm not sure exactly how many miles it is around the battlefield, but there's quite a bit of elevated ups and downs (if your walking or riding). The battlefield itself has quite a few cannons and quite a few informational plaques. There is not really any statues or the like. There's a stone monument for Union General Lyon, but that's about it concerning any "monuments". There's a couple of houses that were an important part of the battle story. There's a really nice film showing at the museum building (where you buy your tickets and gift shop)... I'd highly recommend watching the film if you're unfamiliar with the battle. It's well produced and quite informative. You can also dial a number on your cell phone when you're at one of the stops (the numbers are posted at each stop and may be included on the battlefield map) and get a pretty informative audio story of each stop. It's really a beautiful area in light of the tragic loss of life of the event. Wilson's Creek played an important role in the western front of the Civil War; especially as a precursor to the battle at Pea Ridge and the status of Missouri within the Union. It's a nice memorial to the memory of those that fought here and a good reminder so that future generations of our country don't forget the sacrifice of all those involved. Definitely take a visit if you can!
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