Wilson’s Creek was the 1st major Civil War battle fought near the Mississippi River, and the place of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general who died in action. The sacrificial Southern victory in 1861 focused national attention on the war in Missouri. Wilson’s Creek NB honors and account for the battle.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield maintains the site of the first major battle of the Civil War in the West. The Confederate triumph in 1861 lead to great federal military action.
In 1950, local community leaders started the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation. The first priority was to purchase 37 acres of Bloody Hill with funds raised predominantly by Missouri school children. After numerous attempts to get national park status, and with the financial help of the Missouri Legislature to get 1,700 more acres, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield was dedicated on August 10, 1961, the 100th anniversary of the fight.
The park, which gets more than 175,000 visitors annually, is thought to be one of the three most clean and preserved Civil War battlefields in the national park system. While a lot of people come to take pleasure in the natural setting, a vast number of guests visit the park for research.
Take the Tour
A five-mile paved tour road delivers a self-guided auto tour with interpretive stops at noteworthy battle-related locations. There are trail systems for hiking, walking, running, and horseback riding. Check out the mobile phone tour
Civil War Museum
This exceptional collection of Civil War artifacts will give visitors a better understanding of the events that happened as well as details of the lives of individuals involved. The museum, previously General Sweeny’s Museum and bought by the National Park Service, was in temporary storage for a while at the battlefield. New displays have been created for the visitor center.