Little Blue Battlefield (1864)
Independence, Jackson County
The Wilson’s Creek Battlefield (1861)
Green and Christian Counties
A battle in October 1864 was fought on the banks of the Little Blue River between some 10,000 Union and Confederate forces. It resulted in slowing the advance of the Confederates up the Missouri River and served as a prelude to the Battle of Westport two days later. 2,300 soldiers died in the battle at Wilson’s Creek and this battle gave the Confederates control of southwestern Missouri. Both of these sites are endangered by residential and commercial development and as well as by proposed highway development.