Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

City of Springfield

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has expanded by 60 acres.  The property, on the southeast boundary of the park, was the first position of Colonel Franz Sigel’s troops during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.  According to park officials, the Union forces divided their troops as they left Springfield around 6 p.m. on August 9.  The plan was to take 1200 men under Col. Sigel and swing wide to the south, flanking the Confederates on the right as General Nathaniel Lyon’s force struck from the north.

Friends of the Garden

An event Saturday, December 9, west of Springfield will honor soldiers who fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

More than 2500 luminaries will line the Tour Road at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield—one for each person killed, injured or missing during the battle that took place on August 10, 1861.

More than 100 volunteers in the community have come together to get the park ready for the event.  The battlefield will close its Tour Road at 11 tomorrow morning to set up the luminaries.

City of Springfield

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will be the site of a rescheduled Arts in the Park Concert Series performance tomorrow night (7/1).  Wings of Swing will take the stage at 7 outside the visitor center.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Admission is free.   And admission will be charged for another event at Wilson’s Creek tomorrow.  Artillery demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tour Stop 5 on the Tour Road. 

Preserving Wilson’s Creek; 155 Years and Counting

May 23, 2017
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Since Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield opened to the public in 1960, the staff there have made preserving its land a top priority.

Summer touring hours are now in operation at the park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“We are probably one of the best preserved parks in the United States,” says Park Superintendent Ted Hillmer.

The Battlefield, Hillmer notes, has been maintained to appear the same as it did over 155 years ago. He says during that time, citizens planted 18 trees per acre, which is what you see at the Battlefield today.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Hours could soon change at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.  Proposed adjustments include changing the time the tour road closes in spring to 7 p.m. on March 15 and to 8 p.m. on May 15 for the summer.  Fall hours would be reduced on August 15 to 7 p.m. and winter hours—with the road closing at 5 p.m.--would take effect October 15. 

Winter visitor center hours would be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.  The tour road is open for non-vehicle use at 7 a.m. daily.

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