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

Gibson's Mill

Wilson's Creek

 
 
Gibson's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Gibson's Mill Marker
Inscription. The mill and house of John Gibson once stood in the valley in front of you along Wilson Creek. On August 9, 1861, the day before the battle the Gibson family and their neighbors found themselves surrounded by more than 12,000 Confederate soldiers whose camps extended two miles south along the creek.

The Gibsons made their living by grinding corn and oats into flour, and by carding wool. When the cannon began to roar on the morning of August 10, they took refuge in their cellar. Today the house and mill are gone, but foundation ruins are visible.

The 1-mile loop trail beginning here leads to the sites of the mill and house. Down along the creek you may also see remnants of the millrace, a narrow earthen canal that carried water to turn the mill's water wheel.
 
Location. 37° 6.919′ N, 93° 24.335′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at stop 1, Gibson's Mill, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Way to the Mill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gibson's House Site (approx.
Confederate Camp Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Confederate Camp Map
Map showing the location of Confederate and Missouri State Guard campsites. Note the north seeking arrow points to the bottom of the map.
0.2 miles away); Signs From The Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gibson's Mill Site (approx. mile away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ray Springhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fight in Ray's Cornfield (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Ray Family (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gibson's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. Gibson's Mill Marker
Fenceline Between Gibson's Oatfield and Ray Cornfield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Fenceline Between Gibson's Oatfield and Ray Cornfield
Some of the Confederate units camped in the fields prior to the battle of Wilson's Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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