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Battle of Carthage State Historic Site, Carthage

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The Battle of Carthage State Historic Site is a state-owned property located in the city of Carthage, Missouri. The 7.4acre site preserves one of the skirmish sites of the Battle of Carthage which took place in 1861 as one of the first battles of the American Civil War. The site was acquired by the state in 1990 and is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 imagin...  more »
  • 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 fin...  more »
  • Jason's Travel Log, stardate 1237.101 rounded to the nearest thousandth. Stopped by the Carthage War site in Carthage MO. Not much too it, apparently there is a cave somewhere, but it's pretty basic. Three boards, a patch of cut grass, and a small parking lot. The Battle of Carthage, or Battle of Dry Fork, happened very early on in the civil war and was one of the first battles after Lincoln declared War Power. It's the only battle in US history where a, then standing, state governor (Jackson, Missouri Governor) lead confederate troops against the union. Although only a small percentage died, it was declared a win for the south and helped with recruiting forces to join the South. Although union forces were outnumbered 6 to 1, they killed more than 4 to 1. They retreated and fought and left pretty much unscathed.
  • Nice little park. No facilities but it does have one handicap accessible picnic table. Short walking trail over a small outcrop of rocks.
  • Nice place to relax and study the Battle of Carthage. Well maintained
  • This is my favorite place to clear my head and escape for a while. Although it's really close to a city park and can be loud, it's still a very peaceful place to visit, especially if you're walking the trail on the bluff and just enjoying the nature.
  • The history and solice of this place gives you time to reflect.

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