Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Wilson's Creek Part 3 - Transformation
It was with great surprise that I read the following on the park brochure we get when we enter Wilson's Creek.
" When Private Eugene Ware wrote the history of the regiment in which he fought at Wilson's Creek -- the 1st Iowa Infantry -- he remembered the battlefield as "having some scattered oaks and an occasional bush" but otherwise open ground upon which "everything could be distinctly seen..." Time has changed all that. Today, visitors must stretch their imaginations to picture the battlefield as it appeared to Private Ware and other soldiers."
This is so true. The battlefield generally has a lot of wooded areas as is depicted above. The National Park Service is on a project, however, to "deforest" the battlefield which will make it look more like the pictures below. Wide open fields and drifts of grasses and wild flowers. A large section of the southern battlefield is planted in corn as is appropriate. It is hard to believe time can make such a difference.
Nowhere is the forestation more apparent than Bloody Hill where most of the hand to hand and close combat took place in the battle. I guess people in latter years shied away from the hill, because it is heavily forested now.
That is it for today. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday. I have been running short of time with all the field trips to Wilson's Creek. I hope to get around to everyone's blog soon. Thanks to all the new visitors. It is encouraging to see the heavy response to Wilson's Creek.