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

Bloody Hill

Wilson's Creek

 
 
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By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Bloody Hill Marker
Inscription.  Fierce changes and countercharges led to heavy casualties on Bloody Hill. Considering the numbers of troops engaged, it was one of the bloodiest fights in the war.

Union artillery batteries on this hill dueled with opposing batteries in the valley and across the creek.

A musket ball in the chest struck down General Lyon not far from here. His death dampened Union hopes.

The Union soldiers were outnumbered two-to-one, and by 11:00 A.M. their ammunition was nearly exhausted.

After six hours of attacks and counterattacks, both sides were weary. During a lull in the fighting, the Union forces withdrew to Springfield.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 6.369′ N, 93° 24.925′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the right when traveling north. Located at stop 7, Bloody Hill, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Republic MO 65738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. ¼ mile
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By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Left Panel
away); Guibor's Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gibson's Mill Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gibson's House Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Eye of the Storm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Signs From The Past (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 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
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By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
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Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
5. Battle Map
Depicting the action at Bloody Hill. The north seeking arrow points to the left of the map.
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By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
6. Bloody Hill
Looking southeast from the trail along Bloody Hill. The National Park Service conducts regular burns to keep underbrush in check.
Totten's Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
7. Totten's Battery
Battery F, 2nd US Artillery, commanded by Captain James Totten, formed the cornerstone of the Federal line on the hill. It is represented here by four Civil War era artillery pieces.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 971 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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