Saturday evening Teresa and I went to the local Civil War battlefield. It is named after the small creek that meanders through the area. Wilson's Creek was the largest battle fought west of the Mississippi River and saw the first casualty of a Union General. The battle was technically a Southern victory, but it was a victory not capitalized on, as Southern forces never were able to get a strong foothold in Missouri, a key border state. The battle took place on August 10, 1861, early in the epic struggle between the states.
The picture above is of the Visitor's Center at dusk and after closing. Due to the ensuing darkness a tripod was used to stabilize the picture.
Thess are pictures of the Ray House. It is stop number 2 on the driving tour of the battlefield. The Ray children hid in the cellar under the house for most of the battle with their two slaves while the parents watched the battle unfold from their front porch. (I told Anna there would be a front porch in this series.) The house later became a Union field hospital.
There may be some of you who are wondering what happened to stop 1 on the driving tour. It is the only trail still closed by falling trees from this past winter's horrific ice storm.
Tomorrow we move on to the Southern Headquarters.
Have a great Monday.