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

The Eye of the Storm

Wilson's Creek

 
 
The Eye of the Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. The Eye of the Storm Marker
Inscription. On August 6, 1861, the Southern army entered this valley from your left on the Wire Road, the restored historic road in front of you. The soldiers camped on both sides of the creek for a mile or more upstream and downstream from this point. Here, beside the log home of William Edwards, Confederate General Sterling Price set up his headquarters.

Shortly after 5 A.M. on August 10, while Generals Price and Ben McCulloch were eating breakfast, the Union Army attacked. Looking up to "Bloody Hill" in front of you, the Confederate generals saw their own soldiers running for their lives, and then the flash of Union cannon.

Immediately orders were shouted, and the Southerners organized into line of battle to attack the Federals on the hill. The Battle of Wilson's Creek had begun. For the next six hours shells exploded overhead, troops raced up and down the road, and gunfire and shouts filled the air.

The cabin that stood here during the battle no longer exists. The cabin you see today was built about three miles from here in the 1869 by William Edwards - the same man who built the first cabin here. The National Park Service moved the second Edwards Cabin to this site in 1985 to help recreate the historic setting of Price's Headquarters.
 
Location. 37° 5.999′ N,
The Eye of the Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. The Eye of the Storm Marker
93° 24.415′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from Tour Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along a short trail from stop 3, the East Battlefield Overlook, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Marker is in this post office area: Republic MO 65738, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Price's Headquarters (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pulaski Arkansas Battery (about 700 feet away); A Union Plan / The Broken Pincer (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. mile away); Rout of Sigel's Column (approx. 0.4 miles away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guibor's Battery (approx. half a mile away); Sigel's Attack (approx. 0.6 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. War, US Civil
 
The Edwards Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. The Edwards Cabin
Bloody Hill seen from the Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Bloody Hill seen from the Cabin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 20 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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