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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.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 were somewhat hindered by the rain. Excellent location to get out and do a little hiking or just a nice walk. Visitor center very modern and excellent museum. well worth your time. make sure you...
We were somewhat hindered by the rain. Excellent location to get out and do a little hiking or just a nice walk. Visitor center very modern and excellent museum. well worth your time. make sure you... more »
The Visitor Center has an amazing collection of Civil War relics. They claim it is possibly the best in the Park Service. The drive around the battlefield was very interesting as well but probably...
The Visitor Center has an amazing collection of Civil War relics. They claim it is possibly the best in the Park Service. The drive around the battlefield was very interesting as well but probably... more »
A really nice National Park. A lot of history and information to take in along with beautiful views and bountiful wildlife. Plenty of nicely maintained walking trails to different exhibits. A great place to bring the family for the day with an opportunity to learn a little American history in the local area. Dogs are welcome on the trails, rules say they mist be leashed.
The property is beautiful and they have the park set-up very nicely to stop, take pictures, and learn about the various points in the battle that took place there. They also have some days that they shoot cannons and muskets and their historians do a great job teaching about the weaponry used in the civil war and about conditions during the period and specifically at the Wilson's Creek battle. Also lots of great walking, biking, and horseback riding trails.
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