Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 16th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony Saturday, December 14, 2019, featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 16th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony Saturday, December 14, 2019, featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861.

Over one hundred volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation members, Ozark Civil War Roundtable members, Republic High School Honor Society, and other community organizations will participate in this event, assembling the luminaries and distributing them along the five mile tour road through the park.

A luminary is a paper bag filled with sand and a light.

Living history volunteers and carolers will be at the Ray House, while night cannon firings will be at Stop 5, bringing the past to life. Visitors are encouraged to tour the Ray House and learn about the hardships faced by local families during the Civil War. Music, refreshments, and information will be provided at Stop 5, along the tour road, where the night cannon firings will occur.

Vehicles will use parking lights only along the five mile driving tour through the National Battlefield, with stops at the Ray House and Stop 5. The tour road will close at noon on December 14th to complete preparations.

Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield preserves the site of the first major battle of the Civil War in the West, site where the first Union general was killed in the Civil War and evokes the rural character experienced by the combatants. The Confederate victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the war in Missouri, leading to greater federal military action. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is located 10 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, at the intersection of Highway ZZ & Farm Road 182. To receive more information call (417) 732-2662, or on the website: www.nps.gov/wicr.

WHERE: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic, Missouri.

Directions: Travel west on the James River Freeway (Hwy 60) to exit Hwy M. Go south on M for about ¾ mile to Wilson’s Creek Blvd. (Hwy ZZ). Turn south on Wilson’s Creek Blvd., go one mile to Farm Rd 182. Then, turn east on Farm Rd 182 and the first right is the entrance to the park.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 4:30 pm Opening Ceremony at Administration Offices (5242 South State Highway ZZ, Republic MO) 5:15 pm Memorial Illumination Tour Opens to Public Over 3,000 people are expected to tour Illumination from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm