Because America’s Civil War started in Missouri in 1854 with the Missouri-Kansas border conflict and its aftermath that lasted well into the Jesse James outlaw period of the 1870s, visitors who are interested in visiting Civil War sites in Missouri have quite a few to choose from. In fact, Missouri saw more battles & skirmishes than any state except Virginia and Tennessee. BBIM member inns provide a great way to tour our Civil War heritage. The 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek is commemorated near Springfield, where several member inns can provide more directions. Another well-known battle, Pilot Knob, was fought in the Arcadia Valley near member inns in Ironton and Arcadia. The 3-day Battle of Westport involved most of the Greater Kansas City area, and the ‘Battle of Hemp Bales’ was fought at nearby Lexington. Local BBIM-member inns can provide information on many other lesser-known Missouri Civil War battle sites, as well as battle reenactments.
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
The Inn on Crescent Lake is located a short drive away from Lexington, Mo.
The Hilty Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the center of history!
Morgan County Missouri
Date of Organization: January 5, 1833
County Population in 1850: 4,197
County Slave Population in 1850: 453
County Population in 1860: 7,553
County Slave Population in 1860: 649
County Population in 1870: 8,434
The Civil War in Morgan County Missouri
Civil War actions, skirmishes and battles in Morgan County abound. Visitors to the 1877 Martin Hotel Morgan County Museum will discover a treasure of information and artifacts!
Civil War Actions, Skirmishes, and Battles in Morgan County
Wilsons Creek Battlefield is located in Springfeild just 23 miles away.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Jefferson Barracks Military post was active from the late 1820's until decommissioned after WWII. General/President Grant was stationed here. Also visit Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, the Civil War Museum, Telephone museum, hiking and biking trails through the adjoining park along the Mississippi river. Other military sites dating to the pre and post revolutionary war include Fort Kaskaskia and Fort de Chartres across the Mississippi river in Illinois.
Wilson Creek National Battlefield it’s just outside Springfield, Missouri, and a 10 minutes drive from the Walnut Street Inn. We have information at the Inn that will help you set up your daytrip to this important National Battlefield. Check it out at: Wilson’s Creek