A variety of programs will highlight the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek on Friday, Aug. 10. A special commemorative ceremony will be held, on the 10th, at 10 a.m., in the Visitor’s Center, with guest speakers Miss Missouri 2012, retired Air Force Lt. General Marc Rogers, and representatives from the Daughters and Sons of the Confederate and Union Veterans.
Entrance fees will be waived on Aug. 10 only. On Friday, the historic Ray House will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours. Programs about Civil War medicine will take place at the house. Also, artillery firing demonstrations are scheduled at Tour Stop 5, with demonstration times being 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The programs will highlight the role of artillery during the battle. On Saturday, Aug. 11, infantry demonstrations will occur at 11 a.m. and noon. Artillery demonstrations will take place that afternoon at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 12, artillery demonstrations are planned for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by infantry demonstrations at noon and 2 p.m.
For additional information, call 417-732-2662, or visit www.nps.gov/wicr. Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield preserves the site of the first major battle of the Civil War in the West, site where the first Union general was killed in the Civil War and evokes the rural character experienced by the combatants. Wilson’s Creek is located 10 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, at the intersection of Highway ZZ and Farm Road 182.