Southwest Missouri is the place to be this weekend if you’re are a reenactment fan. Upwards of 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Wilson's Creek complete with a battle reenactment (twice a day, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday), a period wedding, period baseball game and a ball on Saturday night.
Although the Wilson’s Creek battle is not as well known as many along the East Coast, it was the second major battle of the war and the first west of the Mississippi.
The Confederate victory on August 10, 1861 heartened Confederate sympathizers in Missouri, a border state that gave Abraham Lincoln only 10 percent of the vote, sent men and arms to the North and the South and had separate governments and capitols representing opposing factions.
The battle took place about 12 miles southwest of Springfield, on on farmland that has changed little in the 150 years (though it is now a national park). The reenactment, a fund raiser for the Wilson Creek National Battlefield Foundation, will take place on private land adjoining the park.