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

Battle of Springfield

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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. Battle of Springfield Marker
Inscription.  On Jan. 6, 1863, Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke entered Missouri with nearly 2,600 men to attack Union supply lines and communications and to disrupt the Union thrust into northern Arkansas. Lightly garrisoned but with a vast store of military supplies, Springfield made a tempting target. Late on Jan. 7, Union Brig. Gen. Egbert B. Brown, at his headquarters located across this square, received frantic reports that 6,000 Confederates were approaching. Brown, with approximately 2,100 troops, decided to stay and fight. He summoned local militia units to Springfield, sent cavalry to scout for the enemy, and began organizing the town's defenses. Entrances to the square were barricaded with wagons, bales, and a salvaged steam boiler.
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, marker donated by the Downtown Exchange Club, James E. Shirato & Family, and John & Fran Witherspoon. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, Battle of Springfield series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 6, 1863.
Battle of Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Battle of Springfield Marker
Marker is the left of two markers at the southwest corner of Park Central Square
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37° 12.527′ N, 93° 17.519′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Central East and E St. Louis Street, on the left when traveling east on Park Central East. Marker is located near the southeast corner of Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Park Central E, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Black Men Lynched (a few steps from this marker); Butterfield Overland Stage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gillioz Theater (about 500 feet away); The Colonial Hotel (about 600 feet away); John T. Woodruff (about 600 feet away); First Store in Greene County (about 600 feet away); The Landers Theatre (about 700 feet away); Jewell Theater (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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