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Wilson's Creek Battlefield Marks 145th Anniversary


Wilson's Creek National Battlefield today (Thursday) observed the 145th anniversary of the Civil War battle that took place ten miles southwest of Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The Battle at Wilson's Creek was a victory for Confederates but both sides sustained heavy losses. And after the battle, which brought about the death of Union Captain Nathaniel Lyon, Missouri remained in the union.

Before the ceremony got underway, several people remarked that the rumble of thunder in the background was a reminder of the sounds of artillery that would've echoed across Wilson's Creek on August 10th, 1861.

Another reminder of the past was Herb Jackson...He was at the ceremony wearing his Civil War era uniform.

He's been a re-enactor for about 15 years.

During the anniversary ceremony, Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Preservation Trust noted the importance of the war and the battle at Wilson's Creek.

Governor Matt Blunt spoke during the ceremony.

He told the crowd of more than 60 people that all soldiers who fought at Wilson's Creek deserve to be remembered.

The featured speaker at the anniversary ceremony was John Nau, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

He says historic sites remind Americans of where their values took shape.

Experiencing and remembering the battle is what the anniversary observance is all about for Civil War re-enactor Herb Jackson.

Anniversary activities continue this weekend with artillery firing. It will take place Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 at stop number 5 on the tour road.