The Civil War, Day by Day

First To The Guns

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek

The battle of Wilson’s Creek had raged for several hours on August 10, 1861, and the Third Louisiana had seen their fair share of combat. Suddenly taken from the main line of battle and marched to the left, the gray-clad Southerners strained to see what their next task would be. “Come on my brave lads,” General Ben McCulloh shouted to them, “I have a battery for you to charge and the day is ours!” Without hesitation, the Louisiana infantrymen, led by Colonel James McIntosh, rushed upon the lone Union battery, scattering the gunners and chasing away most of the Union infantry. Remarkably, it was the turning point of the battle, and a significant blow to Union strategy in Missouri.

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