Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wilson's Creek Battlefield

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.

Read about the battle in the corn field here.
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.

Stretcher used to carry soldiers.

The very bed Nathaniel Lyon was placed on after he was killed.

Playing cards and 10.00 confederate bill.

Confederate Flag
Slave chains.  These were upsetting to see.  I felt sick for awhile after looking at them.


We visited the Ray House a second time, and took a few pics of the Ray's spring house.  Water was gathered from here and perishable foods were stored here.

Edwards Cabin/Price Headquarters

On the backside of the cabin

So happy to have such a wonderful historic site so close to home!  I want to go back as much as possible.


Hayley said...

amazing. really neat. you live in such a historic area now!

i get sick when i think of slavery, too. how could people ever have been so cruel as to treat others as less than human? i know we're not perfect now, but i'm so thankful to have made so much progress as a world. at least here.

Traci Hendrix Hart said...
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Traci Hendrix Hart said...

Jori, If you loved WCNB, you'll enjoy the museum in Ash Grove run by Father Moses Berry. He has a LOT of artifacts about slavery in the Ozarks, and if I remember correctly, he is descended from one of Nathanial Boone's slaves. Check out his site:

OK...I don't know if that link will work, BUT google Ozarks Afro American Heritage Museum in Ash Grove. He is a totally interesting guy -- a priest in a Russian Orthodox church that he built! -- with really, really great stories. Sad stories, true, but enriching and very, very's a tiny place but a hidden gem of history in this area.

Rach said...

Oh, wow, Jori! What an amazing visit! If you ever make it out our way, we are loaded with CW sites. :o)

GardenofDaisies said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures. DH and I enjoy visiting historic sites too. Wars are a terrible thing, and these families that lived near the border between the slave and free states saw way too much of it. Slavery was such a terrible thing and I'm glad the North finally won so they could be set free.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I forwarded this post to my oldest son who loves things like this. He was asking where this is located. Is it in Missouri?
Thanks for sharing!