Wilson's Creek National Battlefield


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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Address:6424 W Farm Rd 182
Republic, MO 65738

Phone:417-732-2662
Fax:417-732-1167
Web: www.nps.gov/wicr/
Size: 2,365 acres.
Established: Authorized on April 22, 1960, as a national battlefield park; redesignated on December 16, 1970.
Location:3 miles east of Republic and 10 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri. Accessible via US 60 and MO ZZ.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), bicycle trail, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, auto touring, living history programs.
Special Features:The battle here on August 10, 1861, was the first major Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi and the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat. The Confederate failure here resulted in keeping Missouri in the Union. Major features include a 5-mile automobile tour loop, the restored 1852 Ray House, and "Bloody Hill," the scene of the major battle. Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (formerly the Sweeny Museum) contains an outstanding collection of artifacts relating to the war west of the Mississippi.

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