Wilson’s Creek Battlefield is well recognized for its link to the site of the third major battle of the Civil War, which happened on these grounds in 1861. The National Park Service cares for and maintains this historic land. But as Ted Hillmer, superintendent for the NPS at Wilson’s Creek explains, there is much more here to preserve and share.
“It is a national battlefield, but it is also a cultural resource. And because it is a cultural resource there’s things out here that we want to preserve,” Hillmer says.