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Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gibson's Mill Site

Wilson's Creek

 
 
Gibson's Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Gibson's Mill Site Marker
Inscription.  In the summer of 1861, the small mill of John Gibson stood here. Although Confederate soldiers camped nearby and Union soldiers forded the stream here, the mill escaped the heavy fighting that raged just downstream.

In 1966 archeologists discovered parts of the mill's foundation, water wheel, gearing, and millstones. They also found melted glass and charred timbers - evidence that the mill was destroyed by fire after the war.

A short distance up the trail from here you will find the foundation of the Gibsons' house, also excavated in 1966. Evidence suggests that the house was built in the 1850s, and probably burned sometime after 1876.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 6.74′ N, 93° 24.501′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from Tour Road, on the right when traveling east. Located at stop 1, Gibson's Mill, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Gibson's Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Gibson's Mill Site Marker
distance of this marker. Gibson's House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs From The Past (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Way to the Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Gibson's Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. half a mile away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. half a mile away); Bloody Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Wilson's Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. Wilson's Creek
A view of the creek near the site of the mill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 954 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on September 1, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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