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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Russell's Ford
 
Russell's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, January 18, 2009
1. Russell's Ford Marker
 
Inscription. In 1864 the ford across the Blue River was near where the bridge to the north now stands. Blue River road did not exist the. On October 22, 1864. Kansas Militia, defending this ford to prevent crossing by Confederate General Price, withdrew to the north and west when Price crossed downstream. On the 23rd Price's wagon train and most of his army crossed here retreating south on what was then called the Harrisonville Road. Late that morning a unit of McNeil's Union Brigade was on the bluff to the southeast but did not fire on the enemy.
 
Erected 1964 by Howard N. Monnett Memorial Civil War Round Table K.C. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Location. 38° 57.782′ N, 94° 33.35′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on Blue River Road just north of Grandview Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Santa Fe Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mockbee Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); "The Boy Scout" (approx. 2.1 miles away); Thomas Farmhouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Forest Hill Confederate Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shelby's Last Stand (approx. 2.9 miles away); Harrisonville Road (Prospect) (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Russell's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, January 18, 2009
2. Russell's Ford Marker
This is a photo of the area of Russell's Ford.
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Westport. Stop 20 on the battlefield tour. (Submitted on June 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Civil War Round Table of Kansas City. This is the link to the group that put up the markers for the tour. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Russell's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, August 10, 2008
3. Russell's Ford Marker
Headstone of Major General George Dietzler. He was the commander of the Kansas Militia during the Battle of Westport and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Ks.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,281 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.   3. submitted on June 10, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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