Missouri attempts to remain “neutral” at the beginning of the Civil War – remaining part of the Union but providing neither arms nor men to either side. But the state becomes embroiled in the war quickly as Lincoln demands that Missouri provide men for the war effort. Riots occur over possession of the state’s arsenal leading to dozens of civilian deaths. Union General Nathaniel Lyon seizes control of capital – Jefferson City. Lyon marches his army south in an attempt to drive the rebels out of Missouri forever. Near Springfield, Missouri, Lyon’s Union army is outnumbered two to one by the Confederates. But Lyon decides to attack in a perilous pincers move. He divides the outnumbered Union Army in two and attacks the encamped Confederates from two sides at Wilson’s Creek south of Springfield.