The Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (General Sweeney's Civil War Museum)

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The Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (Former Name : General Sweeney's Civil War Museum) has on display numerous artifacts and weapons of the war in the Trans-Mississippi, more familiarly known as the area west of the Mississippi River. The collection consists of several thousand artifacts that have been accumulated over the last 40 years. Several large displays tell the story of the battle of Wilson's Creek. View artifacts from this battle, along with weapons, a uniform, photographs of participants from both sides. For those interested in weapons, we offer a wide variety used by the infantry, cavalry and artillery, as well as the fresh water navy on the Mississippi and other inland rivers. Several display cases are devoted to medicine as it was practiced during the time. A number of flags are also displayed, including a rare Cherokee Indian Confederate Flag.

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Great pictures of a wonderful museum. It is a shame that the museum and field are so far off the beaten path that few visit. Like Shiloh, Wilson's Creek is fairly rural and well preserved and well worth the visit. Be sure and make the 90 minute drive to Pea Ridge National Battlefield to see another well preserved site.
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Naturally my favorite artifacts in the museum are Pat Cleburne's sash and sword belt with its extremely RARE Arkansas State buckle. (The Cherokee Braves flag is outstanding too!)
 

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The Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum (Former Name : General Sweeney's Civil War Museum) has on display numerous artifacts and weapons of the war in the Trans-Mississippi, more familiarly known as the area west of the Mississippi River. The collection consists of several thousand artifacts that have been accumulated over the last 40 years. Several large displays tell the story of the battle of Wilson's Creek. View artifacts from this battle, along with weapons, a uniform, photographs of participants from both sides. For those interested in weapons, we offer a wide variety used by the infantry, cavalry and artillery, as well as the fresh water navy on the Mississippi and other inland rivers. Several display cases are devoted to medicine as it was practiced during the time. A number of flags are also displayed, including a rare Cherokee Indian Confederate Flag.

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The pictures are from then? When I was there last fall very little was on display, but they were hopeful of additional display space being added this year
2011....

It was a typo.

Bill
 
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I visited in 2017 as well. My wife was at a convention in KC so I drove a couple hours south to visit. Figured it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Weather didn't cooperate for a subsequent visit to Pea Ridge. I agree the Visitor Center is well worth the investment in time. In addition I would add my appreciation of the staff. They were knowledgeable and helpful. I would say the battlefield is superbly maintained and in as near pristine condition as Antietam and Perryville.
 

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Great pictures of a wonderful museum. It is a shame that the museum and field are so far off the beaten path that few visit. Like Shiloh, Wilson's Creek is fairly rural and well preserved and well worth the visit. Be sure and make the 90 minute drive to Pea Ridge National Battlefield to see another well preserved site.
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As well as Prairie Grove State Park to the south of it.

I also visited Wilson's Creek in 2017 but wasn't aware of the museum. I'll have to go back.

BTW, Ranger Rick Hatcher's (ret.) book on the Battle of Wilson's Creek is a very good read. I wish he wrote one on Charleston and the war.
 
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As well as Prairie Grove State Park to the south of it.

I also visited Wilson's Creek in 2017 but wasn't aware of the museum. I'll have to go back.

BTW, Ranger Rick Hatcher's (ret.) book on the Battle of Wilson's Creek is a very good read. I wish he wrote one on Charleston and the war.
It may not be what you are looking for, but Rick Hatcher does have a Fort Sumter book due out in April from Savas Beatie.
https://www.savasbeatie.com/thunder-in-the-harbor-fort-sumter-charleston-and-the-american-civil-war/
 

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I visited in 2017 as well. My wife was at a convention in KC so I drove a couple hours south to visit. Figured it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Weather didn't cooperate for a subsequent visit to Pea Ridge. I agree the Visitor Center is well worth the investment in time. In addition I would add my appreciation of the staff. They were knowledgeable and helpful. I would say the battlefield is superbly maintained and in as near pristine condition as Antietam and Perryville.
My son and I toured the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, the Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Historic Park in 2011. We were both impressed with all three American Civil War venues. I will return soon to re-photograph the area.

Bill
 

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Thanks Skirmisher. I'll have to pick it up. I used to correspond with Ranger Hatcher for years when he was at Fort Moultrie. I got him invited as a guest to the West Coast Annual Civil War Conference in 2010. I think he's retired now.
 

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Very Nice. An abosoluly gorgeous museum. I'm going with the cased Dimmick revolver.
 

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Grew up 45 minutes from this location. Absolutely love it here. In High School I would always lobby for field trips to be taken here. Everyone is correct visitors center is a must.
 

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Also, there is a movie on Amazon Prime called “August Light Wilson’s Creek and the Battle for Missouri” it’s worth a watch. Not even an hour long but packed with info.
 


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