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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Republic, MO

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Address: 6424 W. Farm Road 182, Republic, MO 65738 How do we get there? Number: 417-732 2662
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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?

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How much does it cost?



$10 individual entrance, or $20 per vehicle



Same as adults


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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield FAQ’s

Keep an eye out for battle re-enactments - they are always so much fun!

The bookstore feature a number of gifts and souvenirs relating to the battlefield and its history that you can take home!

Give them a call regarding school tours, it's a great place to learn!

All areas of the Visitor Center and Ray House are wheelchair accessible from the parking areas. A wheelchair is available for use in the Visitor Center.

Interpretive stops along the Tour Road are wheelchair accessible, but the interpretive trails off the Tour Road are primitive trails and are not wheelchair accessible. Designated accessible parking spaces are available at each of the parking areas.

Summer months are frequently hot and humid. Take water and wear a hat, sturdy shoes and protective clothing when hiking the trails.

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