August 19, 2011
Missouri Guard soldiers face off against Union troops during a reenactment of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek outside Springfield on Aug. 13. Callaway County residents John Burgher and Roy and Christina Barham were three of 3,500 reenactors participating in the 150th anniversary of the battle.
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The Battle of Wilson’s Creek (or the Battle of Oak Hill, as the southerners called it) on Aug. 10, 1861, was the first major engagement of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River — a five-hour battle that resulted in the death of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, one of the Union’s first heroes in that bloody civil conflict.