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A great introduction to the Battle of Westport which took place over three days in October 1864.
The first major engagement of the Battle of Westport took place on Friday, October 21, along the Little Blue River between Union cavalry from the Department of Kansas and Confederate Cavalry under Maj. Gen. Sterling Price.
There were two engagements at Byram's Ford on the Big Blue River. The first one happened on Saturday, October 22 with Federals defending the ford and Confederates attacking. The second took place on Sunday, October 23 with Confederates defending and Federal cavalry attacking.
This fight took place on the plains south of Brush Creek on Sunday, October 23 in the area of present-day Loose Park. It was over by 12 noon, with the Confederates retreating south.
After their defeat at Westport, Union cavalry continued to pursue the retreating Confederates all the way down to the Arkansas River in Indian Territory. Get an overview of what happened on Price's raid after the Battle of Westport.
Get an overview of Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's 1864 invasion of Missouri that led to the Battle of Westport.
The first major engagement of Price's raid took place in southeastern Missouri in the town of Pilot Knob in Iron County.
After their defeat at Westport, Union cavalry continued to pursue the retreating Confederates as they headed south. The Union advance caught up with the Confederates on October 25, 1864. Their were four separate engagements on this day. One of these at Mine Creek turned out to be the largest cavalry engagement fought in Kansas during the Civil War.
Missouri experienced 1,162 fighting events during the American Civil War. Only Virginia and Tennessee experienced more fighting events. And many of those events occurred not all that far from the Kansas City area.
Not too many people realize that the struggle over slavery began here in Kansas and Missouri, six years prior to the shelling of Fort Sumter.
Tired of hearing about battles? The political intrigues that happened during Bleeding Kansas may have been more interesting than the skirmishing that occurred.
Before the actual start of the American Civil War, pro-Union supporters clashed with pro-Southern supporters over the Federal arsenal in St. Louis, Missouri.
At the beginning of 1861, Missouri's new governor favored secession and called for a Missouri State Convention. But the delegates to the convention had other ideas.
Following the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price marched north to the Missouri River and laid siege to Lexington, Missouri.
In the summer of 1862, Missouri Confederates returned to Jackson County on recruiting trips. Engagements ensued at Independence and Lone Jack.
To stem the guerrilla insurrection in the border counties of western Missouri, Federal authorities issued an order giving civilians 15 days to vacate their homes/farms.
Kansas Senator James Henry Lane began enlisting African Americans into service in 1862. Some of the companies organized became the first African American soldiers to fight in combat during the Skirmish at Island Mound.
Union ironclad gunboats designed and built by James Buchanan Eads of St. Louis, Missouri, were instrumental in winning control of the Mississippi River during the Civil War.
This is the story about the rise of the Radical Republicans in the State of Missouri during the Civil War, the abolition of slavery in Missouri, the complete rewriting of the Missouri Constitution, and the return to power of the Democratic Party.