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  • Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove

    (starting a thread per battle for a scouting trip this weekend - Labor Day - will post pictures etc if I have time from the hotel, otherwise next week when I get back)

    Making a trip this weekend to Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove (may swing by Honey Springs in OK on my way back). This will be my second trip down, but I am looking for any thoughts, pointers or recommendations from anyone.
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    Still on the road... Will post a summary and some more photos when I get home Monday night or Tues.

    Spending the night in Joplin, but thought I would post a couple of shots from today's scouting trip to Wilson's Creek.

    Wilson's Creek near Price's HQ on the morning of the battle.


    Reconstruction of Price's HQ with Bloody Hill in the Background


    Siegel's second position of the day astride the telegraph road.


    Marker near the location where Gen Lyon fell. The first Union General to fall in the American Civil War, Lyon was leading from the front when he was mortally wounded. His body was left on the field and returned by the Confederates.
    Last edited by traygreen; 02 Sep 07, 00:12.
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    • #3
      Sorry, don't mean to hijack this thread, but here are some additional pictures of Wilsons Creek from my visit a couple years ago...

      http://civilwar.inotch.com/main.php?...2_enterAlbum=1
      Civil War in Missouri and Kansas
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      • #4
        Interesting, folks. Thanx for the pix. I've never been up that way, but have meant to for sometime.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Notch View Post
          Sorry, don't mean to hijack this thread, but here are some additional pictures of Wilsons Creek from my visit a couple years ago...

          http://civilwar.inotch.com/main.php?...2_enterAlbum=1

          Not a problem. Love your pictures.

          My album is up - only partially culled and I will hopefully caption tonight...
          Wilson's Creek Album

          4 shots from out at Dug Creek - skirmish SW of Wilsons Creek
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          • #6
            Pea Ridge IMHO is a great park to visit. I live very near it and get to enjoy it quite often. If you are ever in the N.W. Arkansas area it is a must see. I will try to get some pic's up when I get a chance.
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            • #7
              Oak Hills (Wilson's Creek)

              The National Park at Oak Hills (Wilson's Creek) does, IMHO, a very poor example of describing the battle if you just go through and see whatever crap they want to show you. It is, quite honestly, the worst I have encountered in the US. This does not mean you shouldn't go, because the best tour I've ever had in the US was there, too. You have to engage one of the rangers in some kind of discussion to find out what really happened there. I was there with one of my NCOs one time, and a ranger gave us about a 1 hour discussion on the use of artillery in the battle. Unfortunately, if you don't grab one of the rangers, you won't have much of an idea what happened there.

              You may also want to research Missouri in 1861. Missouri had seceded but not yet joined the CSA at the time of the battle, so the Confederates were there as allies of Missouri and so they were not one single army. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wilson's_Creek describes it in a disjointed way (not unusual on Wikipedia), but seems to cover all the pieces, more or less. http://www.civilwarhome.com/wilsonscreek.htm has it all screwed up.

              Unfortunately, a quick search didn't show a good website that describes the battle well. You probably just need to ask a ranger for a good description when you get there, or buy a good book about the battle.
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              • #8
                Pea Ridge offers a movie before you tour about the battle. It is very informative. They also have good descriptions of the battle on the tour road.
                At Elkhorn Tavern there is a guide on certain day's to explain the battle in that area and answer question's. I do beleive he is a volunteer so he isn't there every day. I like to walk the battlefield myself. I can here, see and feel all the action better that way.
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