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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.  In 1863, this was an area of one-story homes known as Dutchtown. On this spot stood a brick college building that had been converted into a military prison by the addition of a wooden stockade. Union forces inexplicably failed to garrison it, which allowed its capture by men of Shelby's Brigade. Confederates fired into Union positions from this strong-point until after dark, when they withdrew to consolidate their lines. Just across Campbell Street to the east was the city cemetery, where Federals, crouching behind tombstones, fired on the advancing Confederates until forced out. Armed only with pistols, shotguns, and other short-range-weapons, the Confederates had to fight at very close range. Heavy firing continued in this area until about 3 p.m., when the Federal line began to collapse and withdraw toward the center of Springfield.
 
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation. (Marker Number 8.)
 
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 year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location.
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Battle of Springfield Marker
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37° 12.148′ N, 93° 17.699′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on West State Street west of South Campbell Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 W State St, 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 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (about 800 feet away); The Day House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kickapoo Indian Village (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. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.3 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 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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