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Battle of Carthage State Historic Site

Chestnut Street, Carthage, MO
+1 417-682-2279
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Nice place to visit to see more of the civil war battle field site also nice place to have picnic... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
William S
First battle of the Civil War

We were really keen to visit the site of the Battle of Carthage on our trip to Oklahoma City. The... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Martin G
St Ives, United Kingdom
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The Battle of Carthage was the earliest full-scale battle of the Civil War, preceding Bull Run by 11 days. Battle of Carthage State Historic Site contains a quiet meadow and the spring that made the area an encampment for both the Union and Confederate troops during the battle. The area is little changed in its appearance since the battle was fought on July 5, 1861. A few minutes off of Interstate 44, the site interprets the battle that set the stage for a decisive showdown a month later at Wilson’s Creek.
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Chestnut Street, Carthage, MO
+1 417-682-2279
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Nice place to visit to see more of the civil war battle field site also nice place to have picnic lunch . If in the area it's a must see

Thank William S
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We were really keen to visit the site of the Battle of Carthage on our trip to Oklahoma City. The battlefield is located outside Carthage Mo which is near Joplin. The site was easy enough to locate by following the brown signs and is located...More

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 14 June 2017

My grandfather grew up nearby. The battlefield borders the town of Carthage and it amazing that a civil war battlefield is so far west. In school we were taught Bull Run and Gettysburg. Hard to imagine that one of the early battles occurred in Carthage,...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We hunted for over 2 hours in this town looking for this site. Stopped and asked several locals how to get to it and they had no idea what we were looking for. I guess they don't go there. Come to find out we had...More

1  Thank Heather M
Reviewed 17 May 2016

A car park with an information board. The site has no other interesting features. More knowledge can be gained from the Internet. Of value to historic and Civil War enthusiasts. Otherwise pass it by.

1  Thank nkosi3113
Reviewed 14 March 2016

It was a drizzly day so it was nice the kiosk had a shelter. There was a ton of info about this early Civil War battle - allegedly the first land battle of the Civil War - It was a lot to take in and...More

1  Thank sluke22
Reviewed 17 January 2016

The battle site is on the outskirts of Carthage, MO in a very scenic site with a small creek running through it. Unfortunately, someone did not enjoy its beauty as much as we did as vandals had done some spray painting of the parking lot...More

1  Thank Monica R
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Simlar to the civil war museum. Tastefully displayed with lots of information. Certainly a group destination or tours. Way things are going this type of stuff will be gone in the US 😡. Its part of our history. GO see it, it's worth your time.

Thank Grandlk
Reviewed 30 August 2015

we have gone here several times to look at the history write ups. So happy when we see a town that takes a little park and gives you a family area to learn and share with the kids The adults would learn from this too........it...More

Thank Seward C
Reviewed 6 August 2015

The history of this park is mind blowing ! It was the first battle of the civil war, and it is a once in a lifetime sight!!! At night I reccomend you go . there are owls and other beautiful birds. The fire flies are...More

Thank nicole w
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