This park was created during the Eisenhower administration, so is just over fifty years old. The museum contains good exhibits and has a first rate orientation film. The site also has a good bookstore (always a plus for me!) and altogether sets you up for the battlefield tour. A token (like at a parking garage) lets you in to the five mile one-way tour that contains about a dozen stops. Trails from most of the stops permit a good way to understand the battlefield as do the numerous interpretive panels. A smaller Federal force attacked the Confederates and Missouri State Militia on August 8, 1861 hoping for a spoiling attack. The fighting raged from dawn until noon when the Federal commander, Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, was killed and the Federals withdrew after suffering nearing 25% casualties. The Confederates numerically lost a bit more and the spoiling attack actually crippled Confederate operations in Missouri.
The battlefield is very scenic and contains the Wilson's Creek valley and several high hills around the valley, There are many walking trails and the Sunday I was there the locals were out in force walking and riding horses. A visitor can stop at all the sites, read the interpretive panels and walk some of the trails in about three hours. The entire battlefield would take days to explore. Well worth a trip!