Battle of Springfield
Across from this site stood Fort No. 5, the second largest of five forts built around Springfield. By January 8, 1863, the fort was only partially finished. It served only as a rallying point during the battle. From this point and along St. Louis Street, Union soldiers from the 3rd and 14th Missouri State Militia Cavalry engaged in several skirmishes with Maj. Ben Elliott's battalion of scouts. In one brief encounter, two companies of the 14th MSM, commanded by Lt. Col. Pound and Capt. Milton Burch, clashed with Lt. William H. Gregg and Quantrill's Confederate company, resulting in a number of casualties to the Union forces. From this position on the morning of January 9, the weary Union defenders watched as the Confederates disengaged their battle lines and withdrew east along St. Louis St., the road to St. Louis. The battle was over. Both sides suffered casualties in excess of 12%.
Erected by Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation (this marker donated by the Historic Preservation Society of Springfield and Greene County). (Marker Number 12.)
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Location. 37° 12.51′ N, 93° 16.877′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on John Q. Hammonds Parkway south of St. Louis Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 South John Q Hammonds Parkway, 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. Shrine Mosque (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); First Post Office in Springfield (approx. half a mile away); Gillioz Theater (approx. half a mile away); First Store in Greene County (approx. half a mile away); Wilshire Apartments (approx. half a mile away); The Landers Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Butterfield Overland Stage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Springfield MO. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of Springfield Driving Tour Map. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.