Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic

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.
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  • Visited this site early in the morning, and found it to be beautiful. The artifacts usually housed in the visitor center were unavailable, as construction will begin there next week. During the renova...  more »
  • I never think of Missouri having Civil War battles, but the first Union General killed in the war was killed here.  more »
  • 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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