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Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Battle of Oak Hills

August 10, 1861

 
 
The Battle of Oak Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. The Battle of Oak Hills Marker
Inscription. In early August, 1861 the Missouri State Guard under the command of Major General Sterling Price was camped along Wilson's Creek preparing to march into Springfield, Missouri ten miles northeast of their encampment. Shortly after 5:00 A.M. they were attacked by Federal forces under the command of Major General Nathaniel Lyon who commenced firing upon Price's army and Confederate forces under the command of Brigadier General Benjamin McCulloch. For 6 hours the Missouri State Guard Assaulted the high ground now known as Bloody Hill where Lyon was killed and Federal forces had to withdraw back to Springfield leaving the field of battle in the hands of the guard and Confederate troops. More victories were to follow for the guard -- the citizen soldiers of Missouri -- who wished only to be left along and live in peace.

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The Missouri State Guard
This monument is respectfully dedicated to the men of the Missouri State Guard, the legally established militia of the state who first took up arms in 1861, and marching and fighting under the blue battle flag of their beloved Missouri did their duty as God gave them light to see that duty, and sacrificed everything but honor, in the defense of their state's sovereignty and the cause of Constitutional Rights.
Deo Vindice

 
Erected
Missouri State Guard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Missouri State Guard
2001 by Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location. 37° 7.264′ N, 93° 25.236′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on State Highway ZZ, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at General Sweeny's Museum, part of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Missouri State Guard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. 0.7 miles away); Signs From The Past (approx. 0.8 miles away); Way to the Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gibson's House Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gibson's Mill Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gibson's Mill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bloody Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Battlefield.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Wilson's Creek by markers.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Museum Exhibits. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park site. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Display in front of General Sweeny's Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. Display in front of General Sweeny's Museum
 
 
Additional comments.
1. General Sweeny's Museum
Founded in 1992 by Dr. Thomas and Karen Sweeney, the museum contains artifacts covering the conflict, spanning from the "Bleeding Kansas" period to the surrender of Confederate troops. Privately run for many years, the museum (known as the Civil War Museum now) was later incorporated as part of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park.
    — Submitted September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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