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Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1893 (colour litho)

Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1861, during the American Civil War (1861-65) Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon’s Army of the West was camped at Springfie

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Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1893 (colour litho)
IMAGE number
GLC497520
Title
Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1893 (colour litho)
Artist
Kurz and Allison (fl.1880-98) / American
Location
Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York, USA
Medium
colour lithograph
Date
1893 AD (C19th AD)
Dimensions
53x71.5 cms
Description
Battle of Wilson's Creek, 1861, during the American Civil War (1861-65) Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon’s Army of the West was camped at Springfield, Missouri, with Confederate troops under the commands of Brigadier General Ben McCulloch approaching. On August 9, both sides formulated plans to attack the other. About 5:00 am on the 10th, Lyon, in two columns commanded by himself and Colonel Franz Sigel, attacked the Confederates on Wilson’s Creek about 12 miles southwest of Springfield. Rebel cavalry received the first blow and fell back away from Bloody Hill. Confederate forces soon rushed up and stabilized their positions. The Confederates attacked the Union forces three times that day but failed to break through the Union line. Lyon was killed during the battle and Maj. Samuel D. Sturgis replaced him. Meanwhile, the Confederates had routed Sigel’s column, south of Skegg’s Branch. Following the third Confederate attack, which ended at 11:00 am, the Confederates withdrew. Sturgis realized, however, that his men were exhausted and his ammunition was low, so he ordered a retreat to Springfield. The Confederates were too disorganized and ill-equipped to pursue. This Confederate victory buoyed southern sympathizers in Missouri and served as a springboard for a bold thrust north that carried Price and his Missouri State Guard as far as Lexington. In late October, a rump convention, convened by Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, met in Neosho and passed an ordinance of secession. Wilson’s Creek, the most significant 1861 battle in Missouri, gave the Confederates control of southwestern Missouri. Though the state technically never left Union control, secessionist feelings remained strong in many areas.
Photo credit
© Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
battle / flag / flag / union / landscape / confederate / shooting / army of the west / historical / blasts / conflict / unionist / action / battlefield / american civil war / banner / civil war / southern / dramatic / soldiers / federal / stars and stripes / attack / history / missouri / nathaniel lyon / ben mcculloch / 1861 / springfield / wilson's creek

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