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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of Westport
 
Battle of Westport Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
1. Battle of Westport Marker
Closeup of Marker.
 
Inscription. On the morning of October 23, 1864 Federal cavalry under General Alfred Pleasonton forced a crossing of the Big Blue at Byram's Ford and assaulted this hill which was defended by General Marmaduke's Confederate division. After three hours of heavy fighting Pleasonton broke the Confederate line, enabling him to out-flank the Confederate divisions of Generals Shelby and Fagan, fighting Curtis Union cavalry before Westport.
 
Erected 1961 by Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company. (Marker Number 18.)
 
Location. 39° 0.742′ N, 94° 31.973′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and 63rd Street, on the right when traveling north on Elmwood Avenue. Click for map. Parking available streetside. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pratt's Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Byram's Ford Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of the Big Blue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Log House and Defensive Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Boston" Adams' House (approx. half a mile away); Kansas City's First Public Golf Course (approx. half a mile away); Byram's Ford Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harrisonville Road (Prospect) (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Battle of Westport Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
2. Battle of Westport Marker
Area photo of the marker showing the hill that was defended by General Marmaduke.
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Westport. Link from the Civil War Muse with further information on this tour stop. (Submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. Civil War Round Table of Kansas City. Link to the organization responsible for the Auto Tour. (Submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. John S Marmaduke. Wikipedia link on the life and career of Confederate division commander who took and lost Byram's Ford during the Battle of Westport. (Submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

4. Alfred Pleasonton. Wikipedia Link to the life and career of the Commander of the Union Forces pursuing General Price across Missouri. (Submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 811 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.
 
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