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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield-Negatively Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown: Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise

I’m Jeremy Shreckhise, KSMU’s photographer and graphic designer. Since I was a child, I’ve had a love for history. Some of my fondest memories are of family trips to museums and historical sites. The rich history of the American Civil War is particularly interesting to me. Over 5000 battles were fought in 23 states between 1861 and 1865. The National Parks Conservation Association lists 76 battlefields, historic sites and monuments pertaining to this great conflict. Two of those locations are right here in the Ozarks, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield and Pea Ridge National Military Park.

The August 10, 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek was the first conflict west of the Mississippi and marked the beginning of the three year struggle for the state of Missouri. Fought southwest of Springfield, it concluded with the Union forces succumbing to a Confederate victory. There were over 2,500 casualties. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield protects over 1,947 acres and features a five-mile tour road. I have enjoyed biking and driving through this treasure. On a recent visit, I took time to chronicle some of the important moments of this important historic site.

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A Confederate First National flag used at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861. It's now on display at the Wilson's Creek national battlefield visitor Center. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A Confederate artillery kepi and uniform worn by a Pulaski Arkansas Battery member. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A Civil War era cannon on display outside the Visitor Center at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The site where Gibson's mill once stood. It was the location of the northern end of the Confederate camp. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Gibson oatfield (now partially covered with corn). 4,200 Union forces under Gen. Nathaniel Lyon surprised 2,500 Confederates here. (Photo redit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The remains of a stone wall where the Gibson home once stood. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The home of John Ray and his family, which was also the area Post Office, became the Confederate field hospital. Mr. Ray watched the battle from his porch. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Ray Springhouse is one of the few original buildings still standing at Wilson's Creek. It was the family's source for water and refrigeration. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Edwards cabin was the location of Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's headquarters. The Pulaski Arkansas Battery was located on a hill just northeast of this location. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) 1,800 Confederate cavalry were camped in this field when they were fired on by Union artillery. The fled to the woods to the west (right). (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A cannon at the final position of Union Col. Franz Sigel, where he was defeated. This turned the battle's tide in favor of the South. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The time and battle worn founders mark on the cannon at Sigel's position. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A cannon at the position where Southern Capt. Henry Guibor fired on Union troops at One of the cannon at Capt. Henry Guibor battery. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The battery of Capt. James Totten held the high ground at The Union battery at To the right of this road is the location of a sink hole that became the grave for 30 Union soldiers. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of the cannon overlooking