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Dozens gather for battle’s recounting

Springfield’s Civil War fighting a big chapter for Ozarks, professor says

Posted: January 9, 2013 at 1:43 a.m.

William Piston, professor of history at Missouri State University, briefly describes the events of the Battle of Springfield to about 50 people Tuesday at the city’s Center Park Square during a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle. The city recently erected more than a dozen informational signs explaining significant occurrences during the battle. Video is available at nwaonline.com/videos.

The Battle of Springfield may be two hours away and 150 years in the past, but local historians and Civil War enthusiasts maintain it deserves a special place in the heart of Northwest Arkansans.

Battle of Springfield

The Battle of Springfield may be two hours away and 150 years in the past, but local historians and Civil War enthusiasts maintain it deserves a special place in the heart of northwest Arkansans. About 50 Missourians gathered at noon Tuesday at Springfield¹s Park Center Square to hear a brief retelling of the battle, which is often overshadowed by the Battle of Wilson's Creek, 15 miles to the southwest. The battle, which occurred when Confederate Brigadier General John Marmaduke led more than 1,800 soldiers in an effort to attack Springfield, which was then being used by the Union Army as a supply depot and hospital area. (By Ryan McGeeney)
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