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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.  Just across South Avenue (behind you) stood Union Fort No. 4, a 160-foot earthen redoubt surrounded by a deep trench. During the night of Jan. 7-8, 1863, two 12-pound howitzers were placed in this fort. The gun barrels were found on the grounds of the Presbyterian church and mounted on fabricated carriage wheels during the night. Lt. Joseph Hoffman, a convalescing officer, was given command of the guns. During the afternoon and early evening hours of Jan. 8, 1863, the fort witnessed some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Springfield. Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke's dismounted Confederate cavalry repeatedly attacked the fort, which was defended by Union troops, militia, and the "Quinine Brigade." The Confederate attack was poorly coordinated and failed to capture the fort.
 
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, marker donated by Downtown Springfield Association. (Marker Number 3.)
 
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 7, 1863.
 
Location.
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Battle of Springfield Marker
Marker is on the grounds of First Baptist Church.
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37° 12.244′ N, 93° 17.553′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of South Avenue and West Mount Vernon Street, on the right when traveling south on South Avenue. Marker is located on the grounds of First Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 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 Day House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (about 700 feet away); Wilshire Apartments (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); The Landers Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¼ mile 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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