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.

8 comments:

Shelby said...

beautiful photos and interesting notes from your brochure.. take care and happy Wednesday :)

Tracy said...

The first photo is beautiful.
I'm Surprised that the shot came out so well looking into the sun!

Autumn said...

I like the first one best, but the Black-eyed Susans are pretty too. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Cris said...

Some very intereting shots, and the black-eyed susans are gorgeous!

Anna said...

Those Black-Eyed Susans are so pretty in the field like that Mike. Very nice.

photowannabe said...

Interesting treatment of the fields. Usually no one wants to cut down the trees. Interesting information and great pictures.

Moksha Gren said...

I love the top picture. The colors make it look almost magical.

Also interesting about the deforestation. Not sure what I think about that.

JAM said...

Beautiful shots here. And yep, lots of trees can grow, and grow big in 150 years.