We Missourians also have a big battle to commemorate this year. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek took place near Springfield, Missouri on August 10, 1861. On that date, the Confederate State Guard under Sterling Price and the Union Home Guards (with some Regular Army assistance) under Nathaniel Lyon slugged it out at close range for hours under a brutally hot August sun. When it ended, General Lyon lay dead on the field, and the Union Army retreated to Rolla, Missouri:
NOTE: Price was unable to capitalize on his victory, and shortly thereafter would lead his army to relative safety in Arkansas.