Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will present living history programs depicting the troops comprising General Benjamin McCulloch’s Western Army that fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, or “Oak Hills” as it is known to the Southerners. The event will be held over the weekend of August 12 and 13, 2017. All programs will take place at Tour Road Stop 5.
The units represented will be the Third Louisiana Infantry, the Missouri State Guard and the Fort Smith, Arkansas battery. Infantry musket drill and firing demonstrations are scheduled on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cannon drill and firing demonstrations are scheduled Saturday from 11a.m., 1 p.m. and to 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
“The Western Army was a coalition of pro-South Missourians, Arkansas State Troops and Confederate forces,” remarked Chief Ranger John Sutton. “These men fought to halt Lyon’s effort to drive Southern forces from Missouri. The location provides the opportunity to discuss one of the battle’s significant turning points.”
Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield preserves the site of the first major engagement of the Civil War in the West. The site is considered to be one of the best-preserved battlefields in the National Park System. The battlefield is located 10-miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of Highway ZZ and Farm Road 182. More information can be obtained by calling (417) 732-2662.