Date Original

1861 August 16


This collection contains one broadside with reports detailing the Battle of Wilson's Creek. It is dated August 16, 1861.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, also called the Battle of Oak Hills, was the first major battle of the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the Civil War. This engagement consisted of primary military operations west of the Mississippi River. Arkansas had two different types of military forces that participated in this engagement. Some units were listed in the Confederate Army and those of the Arkansas State Troops, militia units put in place by the Confederate Constitution of Arkansas. This broadside details the events of the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, near Springfield, Missouri. It describes the number of casualties from both the Confederate and Union armies, the death of Union General Lyon, the amount of artillery the Confederate military took from the battle, and Captain William Woodruff’s actions in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Springfield, Greene County (Mo.)





Resource Type



True Democrat broadside, SMC.OV.047


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

True Democrat broadside, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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