We have wanted to visit the Wilson's Creek Battlefield since we moved here. With my parents in town it gave us a great excuse to visit it. The Battlefield is completely fabulous! It's a five mile driving loop with multiple stops to visit sites or hike. We love, loved it and will be going back again tomorrow. You can definitely spend some serious time there. We purchased an annual pass so we can go back often. The visitor center has a Civil War library that is open to the public. It also has displays, gifts shop, and a theatre. This is a LOOONG post full of mostly pictures.
Civil War Gun collection
On one of our hikes, we came across this beautiful butterfly
This cemetery has a few soldiers, but most are in the Springfield National cemetery. We visited there yesterday and I will post pics soon.
Spring house. Children were sent here to fetch water multiple times each day to help treat the wounded.
This is the The John Ray house, this basement is where women and children hid during battle. The children would hear the soldiers upstairs being cared for after they were wounded. Amputations were also taking place upstairs. The children could hear the soldiers scream and blood would drip through the floor into the basement. One of the children was later institutionalized from the trauma of the basement. The horror of war. So,so sad.