Battle of Springﬁeld
Across from this site stood Fort No. 5, the second largest of five forts built around Springfield. By January 8, 1863, the fort was only partially finished. It served only as a rallying point during the battle. From this point and along St. Louis Street, Union soldiers from the 3rd and 14th Missouri State Militia Cavalry engaged in several skirmishes with Maj. Ben Elliott's battalion of scouts. In one brief encounter, two companies of the 14th MSM, commanded by Lt. Col. Pound and Capt. Milton Burch, clashed with Lt. William H. Gregg and Quantrill's Confederate company, resulting in a number of casualties to the Union forces. From this position on the morning of January 9, the weary Union defenders watched as the Confederates disengaged their battle lines and withdrew east along St. Louis St., the road to St. Louis. The battle was over. Both sides suffered casualties in excess of 12%.
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation (this marker donated by the Historic Preservation Society of Springfield and Greene County). (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Missouri, Battle of Springfield marker series.
Location. 37° 12.51′ N, 93° 16.877′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shrine Mosque (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); First Post Office in Springfield (approx. half a mile away); Gillioz Theater (approx. half a mile away); First Store in Greene County (approx. half a mile away); Wilshire Apartments (approx. half a mile away); The Landers Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Butterfield Overland Stage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Springfield MO. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Battle of Springfield Driving Tour Map. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.