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Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Civil War Memorial

 
 
Battle of Blue Mills Landing - Civil War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tony Meyers, August 4, 2011
1. Battle of Blue Mills Landing - Civil War Memorial Marker
Inscription. Jewell Hall was used as a hospital and barracks and this hill was fortified by Federal troops under Col. John Scott after their defeat at the Battle of Blue Mills Ferry, Sept. 17, 1861. A line of rifle pits was thrown up from the present location of Marston Hall, along the western contour of the hill, to the point now occupied by the President's home.
 
Erected 1931 by the William Jewell class of 1931.
 
Location. 39° 14.918′ N, 94° 24.795′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Marker can be reached from East Mississippi Street 0.1 miles east of North Jewell Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the pathway approximately 100' northwest from the entrance to the Grand River Chapel on the campus of William Jewell College. Marker is at or near this postal address: 544 East Mississippi, Liberty MO 64068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mass Grave Site (here, next to this marker); Grand River Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); The Trenches On The Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Old Graveyard" "Mt. Memorial Cemetery"
Civil War Memorial Marker as viewed from the path near the Grand River Chapel. image. Click for full size.
By Tony Meyers, August 4, 2011
2. Civil War Memorial Marker as viewed from the path near the Grand River Chapel.
The battle commemorated by this marker, was fought September 17, 1861 approximately 3 miles south Of Liberty, Missouri. That action is also referred to as the Battle of Liberty. The battle, which resulted in a Confederate victory, allowed approximately 4,000 additional Missouri State Guard troops to cross the Missouri river at Blue Mills Landing and join General Sterling Price's army at the battle of Lexington, Missouri.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goldman-Duckworth House (approx. mile away); Frank Hughes Memorial Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church Founded 1822 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lightburne Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Liberty.
 
Regarding Civil War Memorial. Although the verbiage of the marker indicates that the trenches were dug following the Battle of Blue Mills Landing (a.k.a. The Battle of Liberty) September 17, 1861, some historians suggest that the trenches were actually dug in 1862 in anticipation of a Confederate attack on the Federally occupied buildings on the William Jewell campus.
 
Additional keywords. Battle of Liberty Battle of Blue Mills Landing William Jewell College
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Approximate area where trenches were dug. The trenches are no longer visible. image. Click for full size.
By Tony Meyers, August 4, 2011
3. Approximate area where trenches were dug. The trenches are no longer visible.
The President's home on the campus appears in the background.
The main battlefield as it appears today. Looking south while driving on South Liberty Bend Road. image. Click for full size.
By Tony Meyers, August 20, 2011
4. The main battlefield as it appears today. Looking south while driving on South Liberty Bend Road.
The main battle occurred south of Liberty approximately .4 mile south of Missouri Highway 210 at the point where South Liberty Bend Road turns east and becomes NE 52nd Street. N 39.18703 W 94.38157
The Battle of Liberty (Blue Mills Landing) - Battlefield as it appears today. image. Click for full size.
By Tony Meyers, August 20, 2011
5. The Battle of Liberty (Blue Mills Landing) - Battlefield as it appears today.
Looking west at NE 52nd and South Liberty Bend Road.
 
 
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