Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will observe the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek over the weekend of August 9 and 10, 2014, with a variety of programs and activities.
On Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m., at the Visitor Center, the anniversary program will start with a presentation of colors, recognition of guests, and a special presentation by the battlefield’s Foundation. “The main speaker,” according to Superintendent Hillmer, “will be author James W. Erwin. He will talk about his books and the importance of preserving these special places and educating the next generation about their important history.”
“Come and enjoy this special presentation by a Missouri author,” says Superintendent Hillmer. Refreshments will be served and entrance fees for August 9 &10 will be waived.
Artillery and infantry small arms firing demonstrations are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at tour road stop 5. Volunteers will be depicting the Missouri State Guard, pro-Southern state militia that fought at Wilson’s Creek. “The purpose of these programs is to relate to visitors the soldier’s combat experience during the battle,” remarked Chief Park Ranger John Sutton. A special sunset artillery salute will take place at 8:15 p.m. at tour road stop 5 to honor the soldiers who were killed during the battle of Wilson’s Creek.
Guided tours of Bloody Hill will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visitors should meet at the Bloody Hill parking area for the tour, which should last about an hour. An exhibit on Civil War prisoners and full scale prints of the new exhibits will be available for viewing at the visitor’s center.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will observing the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek over the weekend of August 10 and 11, 2013, with a variety of programs and activities.
On Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m., at Tour Stop 5, the anniversary program will begin with music and a presentation of land purchased by the Civil War Trust and WICR Foundation. “This acquisition of land is the continuation of preserving the past for future generations”, according to Superintendent Hillmer. “Come and enjoy this special presentation.” Refreshments will be provided.
Visitors attending the anniversary program are encouraged to arrive early, due to the additional time necessary to drive from the visitor center to Tour Stop 5. Entrance fees for August 10 will be waived.
Living history programs will be presented at Tour Stop 5 depicting the various Southern troops that fought at the battle of Wilson’s Creek. “Generals McCulloch and Price forged a coalition army consisting of Confederate troops from Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, Arkansas state forces and the Missouri State Guard in order to oppose General Lyon’s federal troops”, remarked Chief Park Ranger John Sutton. “The purpose of these programs is to relate the soldier’s combat experience during the battle to the visitor.”
Artillery and infantry small arms demonstrations will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour. A special night artillery firing program will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Tour Stop 5 to conclude the day’s observances.
Artillery in the Civil War will be the theme of living history programs hosted at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Saturday July 6, 2013. Come experience your local National battlefield and learn about the history of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek!
Firing demonstrations are scheduled hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at tour stop 5. During the demonstrations, visitors will be able to learn about the role of artillery at the battle, see cannon drill and experience a Civil War cannon being fired. Additional artillery demonstrations are scheduled on July 22 and the weekend of August 10 and 11.