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 Posted: Fri Mar 3rd, 2006 05:15 pm
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Joined: Fri Mar 3rd, 2006
Location: Waynesville, Missouri USA
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I read at another site in a post that a particular fellow didn't think that the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield Missouri on August 10, 1861 was a "important" or major battle.

I beg to differ.

It was the second major battle of the war, the first General was killed, a major battle in a deeply divided state, had a 16% casualty rate, it showed the ineffectiveness General John C Fremont, and with a southern victory it provided provided guerrilla bands with a cause celebre for which they subjected the area to years of bushwhacking, arson, raiding and murder.

Was it important? Absolutely. Wilsons Creek offered a glimpse early on of the carnage that was about to be unfolded over the next three years of Civil War.

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