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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of the Big Blue
 
Battle of the Big Blue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
1. Battle of the Big Blue Marker
Left Marker
 
Inscription. left marker

Oct. 22, 1864
Union General Curtis set up a defensive line on the west side of the Big Blue River from the Missouri River upstream for 15 miles to stop Confederate General Price advancing from the east. A Battalion of Kansas Militia arrived here before daylight and Jennison’s Brigade with 1000 cavalry and 5 howitzers with a skirmish line along the river. The militia felled trees to block the ford. Thompson’s CSA Brigade of 2000 men reached the river at 11 A.M. and was stopped. At 3 P.M. Gordon’s Regiment crossed the river 1 mile upstream. Slayback’s Battalion crossed downstream flanking Jennison. His skirmishers were driven back and Thompson crossed driving Jennison to the west. The ford was cleared and Price’s Army and wagon train crossed here.

right marker

Oct. 23, 1864
Union Gen. Pleasanton’s Cavalry Division, in the rear of Gen. Price’s Army, defeated Price’s divisions under Fagan and Marmaduke on the 22nd at Independence. Marmaduke’s Division of 2500 cavalrymen and 6 guns was in position here by daylight. Clark’s Brigade was on the hill to the west and Freeman’s Brigade and 2 of Clark’s Regiments were along the river. (see map) Pleasanton with 3500 cavalrymen and 3 guns attacked after sunup. The ford had again been blocked. Crossing was first made north of the
 
Battle of the Big Blue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
2. Battle of the Big Blue Marker
Right Marker
 
ford and then south of the ford driving the Freeman to the top of the cliff. A mounted charge up the roar failed. After heavy fighting dismounted men drove Freeman from the cliff. A final charge pushed Marmaduke to the west. Both sides lost many men. The Union had 200 killed and wounded.

map of the Battle of the Big Blue

dedication plaque

 
Erected by Family of Alexander J. Barket. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Location. 39° 0.924′ N, 94° 31.55′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Manchester Trafficway, on the left when traveling north on Manchester Trafficway. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Byram's Ford Battlefield (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Byram's Ford Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pratt's Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Log House and Defensive Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Westport (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Boston" Adams' House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kansas City's First Public Golf Course (approx. one mile away); Harrisonville Road (Prospect) (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Battle of the Big Blue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
3. Battle of the Big Blue Marker
Closeup of Map
 

 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the corner where Manchester Trafficway turns towards the north after crossing the railroad tracks.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Westport. Link from the Civil War Muse with further information on this tour stop. (Submitted on March 16, 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 16, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. John S Marmaduke. Wikipedia link on the life and career of Confederate division commander who fought here. (Submitted on March 16, 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 16, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Battle of the Big Blue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
4. Battle of the Big Blue Marker
Dedication Plaque
 
 
Battle of the Big Blue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
5. Battle of the Big Blue Marker
Area photo of the front marker from the street.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 903 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.
 
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