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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Battle of Westport

Union Flanking Movement

 
 
Battle of Westport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, August 16, 2009
1. Battle of Westport Marker
Inscription. Here just before noon on Sunday, October 23, 1864, Major General Samuel Ryan Curtis, commanding the Federal Army of the Border, began his flanking movement of Brigadier General Joseph Orville Shelby's Division of the Confederate Army of Missouri. While the Union army was engaged in heavy fighting just east of here, General Curtis led the 9th Wisconsin Battery and Company G of the 11th Kansas Cavalry up a twisting, wooded defile to a position on the left and rear of General Shelby's lines, the battery, firing down the Confederate lines, caused Shelby to pull back from the heights south of Brush Creek, severely weakening the Confederate position.

George Thoman, a farmer living just south of Westport pointed out the defile to General Curtis and served as guide. Sunset Drive follows the wall of the old defile.
 
Erected 1964 by Native Sons of Kansas City, Missouri. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City marker series.
 
Location. 39° 2.175′ N, 94° 35.881′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Sunset Drive and 51st Street, in the median on Sunset Drive.
Battle of Westport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
2. Battle of Westport Marker
Area photo of marker.
Click for map. This marker is on the east side of the median island made at the intersection of 51st Street and Sunset Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Position (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carolyne Farwell Fuller (approx. mile away); Union Position (approx. mile away); Centennial Anniversary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Home of the Kansas City Country Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Artillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The French and the Osage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Landing At Westport (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Westport. Link from the Civil War Muse with further information on this tour stop. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, 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 August 16, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City. Link to the organization that placed the marker. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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