August 10, 2010, was the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek, less that fifty miles from our cabin, about 10 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri. The Battle was the second major battle of the Civil War and the first battle fought west of the Mississippi River. Read more of the details in the link provided - it is relatively short and to the point. Also be sure to note the "brother against brother" story in the article.
The battle was also significant in that Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat in the war, died in the Bloody Hill action these. Until I retired last year, for 15 years we had lived in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas - Lyon County having been named for General Lyon.
On September 18, the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation will be sponsoring their annual fundraiser and a Moonlight Tour which will simulate the conditions, on the site of the battle, that existed that early morning 149 years ago.
Families are Forever! ;-)