“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Price's Headquarters

Wilson's Creek

Price's Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Price's Headquarters Marker
Inscription. Since August 6, 1861, thousands of Confederates had been camping in this area surrounding Major General Sterling Price's headquarters, waiting to attack the Union Army in Springfield. On the night of August 9, the long-awaited orders were issued.

Pickets were called in, and the army began to advance. But when it began to rain, the Confederates postponed their attack, fearing their black gunpowder would become wet. The army returned to camp, but the pickets were not ordered to resume their posts. As a result, the Confederates had no warning of the Union advance.

On the morning of August 10, the Confederate officers at Price's headquarters did not know that Union columns were closing in on their camps from two directions. Shortly after dawn, the Federals gave the Rebels a rude awakening.

The trail beginning here leads down to the historic Wire Road, then across the creek to the site of Price's headquarters. The leisurely round-trip walk is less than one mile.
Location. 37° 6.049′ N, 93° 24.278′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop 3, the East Battlefield Overlook, 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.
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Battle Map
Showing locations of Confederate camps. Note the north seeking arrow pointing to the right of the map.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pulaski Arkansas Battery (here, next to this marker); A Union Plan / The Broken Pincer (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Eye of the Storm (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rout of Sigel's Column (approx. half a mile away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. half a mile away); Fight in Ray's Cornfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Ray Family (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
Markers at Stop 3 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at Stop 3
The Pulaski Arkansas Battery marker is on the right, Price's Headquarters on the left.
Price's Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Price's Headquarters
Edwards Cabin is just visible beyond Wilson's Creek from the marker location. Price maintained a headquarters in that area prior to and during the battle.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 53 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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