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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