Best way to Missouri's battlefields
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BATTLEFIELD SITES AND MEMORIALS
First Battle of Boonville 150th Commemoration, http://www.goboonville.com, June 17-19. Dr. Avery Farm, 18000 Rocheport Road, Boonville, Mo.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, 6424 W. Farm Road 182, Republic, Mo.; (417) 732-2662, http://www.nps.gov/wicr. The battlefield is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The visitor center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Battle of Wilson's Creek Anniversary ceremony is at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10, and the Battle of Wilson's Creek Reenactment is Aug. 12-14 on a site near the national battlefield, with more than 3,000 reenactors. For more information, go to http://www.wilsonscreek.com.
Springfield National Cemetery, 1702 E. Seminole St., Springfield, Mo.; (417) 881-9499, http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/springfield.asp. Open dawn to dusk daily. Contains monuments and memorials to Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the unknown Confederate dead at Wilson's Creek.
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, 1101 Deleware, Lexington, Mo., (660) 259-4654, http://www.mostateparks.com/park/battle-lexington-state-historic-site. Battle of Lexington reenactment, Sept. 16-18.
Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., http://www.battleofwestport.org/VisitorCenter.htm. Open 1-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays April through October. Self-guided auto tour covers 25 major Battle of Westport sites in the Kansas City area.
TO LEARN MORE
For more information on Missouri's 150th events, go to http://www.mocivilwar150.com.