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

The Ray Family

Wilson's Creek

 
 
The Ray Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. The Ray Family Marker
Inscription. The Ray House is the only park structure on its original site that dates back to the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Postmaster and farmer John Ray built it in the 1850s. For ten years it served as the Wilson's Creek Post Office, a stopping place on the old Wire Road that connected Springfield, Missouri with Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 1861, twelve people were living here: John and Roxanna Ray, their nine children, and a mail carrier. Their slave "Aunt Rhoda" and her four children occupied a small cabin to the rear of the house. On August 10, 1861, they found themselves in the path of war.

(Captions under illustrations):
During the battle the Ray family took refuge in their cellar.

The Ray House served as a hospital during and after the battle.
 
Location. 37° 6.427′ N, 93° 23.874′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from Tour Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop 2, the Ray House, 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. Fight in Ray's Cornfield (a few steps from this marker); Ray Springhouse (about
The Ray Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. The Ray Family Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. half a mile away); A Union Plan / The Broken Pincer (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Price's Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gibson's House Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gibson's Mill Site (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 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Ray House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. The Ray House
Front of Ray House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Front of Ray House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 724 times since then and 3 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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