Battle of Wilson’s Creek

Matt Campanelli / KSMU

Cars race by along Glenstone Avenue along the cemetery’s eastern boundary. Half a block to the west, where Seminole Street intersects Glenstone, you’ll find the cemetery’s main entrance. When closed, its two black gates read “U.S. National Cemetery.”

Inside, hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers, many of whom were killed during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, are buried here. Many of these soldiers share the same name: Unknown.

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek took place 147 years ago this week. Yesterday, the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield recognized the anniversary of the actual battle, unveiling an original painting of the historic campaign.As part of our ongoing series, “A Sense of Place,” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Civil War battlefield and reports on how the National Park Service is trying to keep the area looking just as it did on the day of the battle.