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

Battle of Springfield

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 17, 2012
1. Battle of Springfield Marker
Inscription.  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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker
Painting on Battle of Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By D. L. Coombs, Unknown
2. Painting on Battle of Springfield Marker
January 9, 1863, the morning after the battle - Watercolor painting by D. L. Coombs
courtesy of James R. Cox
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is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, Battle of Springfield series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1863.
 
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. Kentwood Hall Renovation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shrine Mosque (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steak 'n Shake, Springfield, Missouri (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jewell Theater (approx. half a mile away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); John T. Woodruff (approx. half a mile away); The Colonial Hotel (approx. half a mile away); First Post Office in Springfield (approx. half a mile 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.)
Map on Battle of Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 17, 2012
3. Map on Battle of Springfield Marker
Positions At About 4:00 PM
January 8th, 1863

Map No. 4
 
Battle of Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 17, 2012
4. Battle of Springfield Marker
The Hammons Tower in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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