Check out the Civil War Trust's collection of photos of the Wilson's Creek Battlefield
(17 photos in gallery)
Known as the Bull Run of the West, the Battle of Wilson's Creek was named for this stream. Union and Confederate soldiers alike passed over the creek with relative ease during the battle.
Two guns of Captain James Totten's battery under Lieutenant George Sokalski fired the opening shots of the battle of Wilson's Creek.
In the opening phases of the battle, Gen. Lyon dispatched Capt. Joseph Plummer and a battalion of Regulars to cross Wilson's Creek. They advanced through this oatfield only to be driven back by Confederate artillery.
Confederate general Sterling Price made his headquarters in this cabin near Wilson's Creek
Once the Union attack began, General Franz Sigel ordered Franz Backoff's Missouri Light Artillery to begin shelling the Confederate position from the rear. The confused Southerners, however, soon regrouped and drove Sigel's men back across Wilson's Creek
Artillery Atop Bloody Hill
Lyon's Federals quickly went on the defensive in the face of the Confederate counterattack, making their stand on what is now known as Bloody Hill. When the smoke cleared, more than 1,700 Union and Confederate troops had become casualties on this part of the field.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Enlargement of a group portrait of Company H, 3rd Arkansas State Troops, who fought on Bloody Hill
Wilson's Creek: Confederate Ford
Confederates of Benjamin McCullough's Western Army crossed Wilson's Creek at this point on their way to Bloody Hill
A Fallen Leader
Library of Congress/Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Commander of the Union Army of the West, Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon was killed while rallying his troops. In the years following the battle, veterans stacked rocks on the spot where their leader fell.
This modest tablet marking the spot of Nathaniel Lyon's death, is the only monument on the Wilson's Creek battlefield
The Death of Nathaniel Lyon
Library of Congress
Period sketch depicting the death of General Lyon
Located on the eastern bank of Wilson's Creek, the Ray house was used as a Confederate field hospital during the battle. Union general Nathaniel Lyon was also brought here at the end of the fighting
Ray House: Lyon's Deathbed
After being shot through the chest Nathaniel Lyon was brought to the Ray house and laid in this bed, where he subsequently died. Lyon was the first Union general killed in combat during the Civil War.
This outbuilding on the Ray farm, which was the family's only source of water, is one of only two surviving wartime structures on the Wilson's Creek battlefield
Missouri State Guard Monument
Monument to the Missouri State Guard outside the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (formerly the General Sweeney Museum).
Confederate Cherokee Braves
The flag of the Confederate Cherokee Braves - located at the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (formerly the General Sweeny Museum)
Historic Map of Wilson's Creek
A detailed view of a map of the Battle of Wilson's Creek - located at the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (formerly the General Sweeny Museum)