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(Frankie Meyer, Enid News & Eagle) – Do you have Ozark ancestors who served during the Civil War? Much can be learned about your family history by visiting the battlefields where they fought and by researching their military records. Include those details in the family history.
Some nearby battlefield sites in Missouri are Wilson’s Creek, Newtonia and Carthage. A Kansas site is at Baxter Springs, and Arkansas sites are Pea Ridge, Fayetteville and Prairie Grove.
The Battle of Carthage, which was fought July 5, 1861, was a Confederate victory. Over 240 men were killed. A 7.5-acre site is located on Chestnut Street in Carthage. The Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum is on Grant Street.
A major battle was fought Aug. 10, 1861, at Wilson’s Creek, located west of Springfield. The battle was a Confederate victory. The 1,749-acre site has a museum and walking trail as well as a self-guided auto tour. About 500 men were killed, and many others were missing.
At Newtonia, located southeast of Granby, two battles were fought. The one on Sept. 30, 1862, was a Confederate victory, and…