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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.  Near this point the 250 men of the 72nd Enrolled Missouri Militia met the Confederates' afternoon attack. These local militiamen were from all walks of life. They had some military training but little experience, as they were only called to serve in emergencies. Shortly after 3 p.m. they and the 14th Missouri State Militia Cavalry retreated suddenly in the face of Confederate fire, creating a gap in the Union line. Both sides quickly shifted troops to this critical point of the battle, where fighting was house to house, behind fences, along alleys, and through backyards. Lt. Richard A. Collins brought up a piece of artillery to fire canister rounds down the streets at the Union defenders. The 72nd suffered 20 percent casualties during the fight and was forced to withdraw toward Walnut Street. Meanwhile, the attacks on Fort No. 4 continued.
 
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, marker donated by James R. Cox. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition,
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Battle of Springfield Marker
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Location. 37° 12.234′ N, 93° 17.82′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on South Main Avenue south of West Mt Vernon Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 S Main 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. A different marker also named Battle of Springfield (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¼ mile away); The Day House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kickapoo Indian Village (approx. 0.4 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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