Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
On the morning of the battle, Sigel's men occupied the ridge across the creek to your left. When Gen. Lyon's cannon opened fire to the north, Sigel began shelling the 2,300 Confederate cavalrymen camped here in Sharp's Cornfield. Exploding shells rained on the camps, and the startled Rebels retreated to the north, behind you.
By 7:30 A.M. Sigel had crossed the creek and entered the far end of the field in front of you. Behind you, drawn up in line of battle stood Col. Elkanah Greer's Texas Cavalry Regiment, ready to stop the Union advance. But shelling from Sigel's artillery forced the Texans back, allowing Sigel to advance to your right and rear to a position blocking the Wire Road.
In his official report to Major General John C. Fremont, Commander of the Union Army's Department of the West, Col. Sigel described the attack:
"According to orders, it was the duty of this brigade to attack the enemy in the rear, and to cut off his retreat which order I tried to exercise whatever the consequences might be."
Sigel's 1st Position
"I ordered the artillery to begin their fire against the camp of the enemy (Missourians), which was of so much effect, that the enemy troops were seen leaving their tents and retiring in haste toward the northeast of the valley."
Sigel's 2nd Position
"As the enemy made his rally in large numbers before us, about 3,000 strong, consisting of infantry and cavalry, I ordered the artillery to be brought forward from the hill, and formed them in battery across the valley, with the Third and Fifth Regiments to the left and the cavalry to the right. After an effective fire of half an hour the enemy retired in some confusion into the woods and up the adjoining hills."
Location. 37° 5.486′ N, 93° 24.387′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on Tour Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop 4, the Sigel's Second Position, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Marker is in this post office area: Republic MO 65738, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rout of Sigel's Column (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Eye of the Storm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Price's Headquarters Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Union Plan / The Broken Pincer (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Pulaski Arkansas Battery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Guibor's Battery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. one mile 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 657 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 2, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.