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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 this spot stood the two-story brick Methodist church converted by Federal authorities into the city arsenal. Pressed for manpower to defend Springfield against approaching Confederate raiders, Union Brig. Gen. Egbert B. Brown authorized Brigade Surgeon Samuel H. Melcher and Capt. Charles B. McAfee to recruit volunteers from the town's military hospitals. Local civilians and unattached soldiers joined the convalescents to form a "Quinine Brigade," which in the predawn hours of Jan. 8, 1863, received weapons and ammunition here. Brown split this brigade into detachments that manned the town's defenses and formed a reserve. Brown's ability to improvise was important to the ultimate Union victory.
 
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, marker donated by Mayor Thomas & Chandler Carlson. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, Battle of Springfield series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1863.
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Battle of Springfield Marker
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12.404′ N, 93° 17.547′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on South Avenue north of North Walnut Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 South Ave, 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. The Landers Theatre (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Post Office in Springfield (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (about 800 feet away); Three Black Men Lynched (about 800 feet away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewell Theater (approx. 0.2 miles 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 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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