Battle of Wilson’s Creek important Civil War campaign

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The Battle of Wilson’s Creek occurred on Aug. 10, 1861.


This story was published in the Christian County Headliner News on July 11, 2009.

As dawn broke the morning of Aug. 10, 1861, it brought with it the sweltering heat of summertime in the Ozarks. That morning, more than 150 years ago, started off much the same as any other morning, with one grave exception. By the end of the day more than 500 people would die. That’s the story visitors will hear when they explore the historic battlefield tucked among the rolling hills in Christian and Greene counties.

I don’t think that anybody really thought that there would be fighting right here,” said Jeff Patrick, librarian at Wilson’s Creek.

“I don’t think that anybody really thought that there would be fighting right here,” said Jeff Patrick, librarian at Wilson’s Creek. “Even though you had an army of 12,000 men camped here, (people) knew that the southerners are here; the federal army is in Springfield; more than likely there’s going to be fighting in Springfield.”

As the second battle in the Civil War and the first fought west of the Mississippi River, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek is recognized as significant for a number of reasons. However, the days and months leading up to the battle played an important factor in shaping where and why the battle occurred.

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