Did you know that Wilson's Creek was actually the FIRST major battle of the entire Civil War, fought west of the Mississippi River and actually the site of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, who was the first Union general killed in action.
Now YOU can visit the site it all happened at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield!
This costly Southern victory in August of 1861 focused the nation's attention on the Civil War, and today this national battleground commemorates and interprets the battle within the context of war within the region.
The best place to start your battlefield adventure is at the Visitor Center, where you can find not only information about the battle itself, but also the self-guided tour and any special events.
The self-guided tour will take you on a 5 mile paved road, with interpretive stops along the way at significant battle-related locations. In addition, there are also give off-road trails which you can explore too, AND a 7 mile trail perfect for horseback!
Don't miss a stop at The Ray House that dates back from the 1850s, which also doubled as a temporary field hospital for Southern soldiers after the battle. The house is open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Kids can also take part in the Junior Ranger Program, which gives them an extra added layer of hands-on fun during your historic day out in Missouri!
Are you ready to re-live history and step onto one of the most historically significant battlefields in the USA?