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

Russell's Ford

 
 
Russell's Ford Marker image. 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.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frank S. Land Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away);
Russell's Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael E Sanchez, Jr., October 5, 2019
2. Russell's Ford Marker
The area around the marker is overgrown. Blue River Road is closed from Prospect Avenue/Grandview Road to the north. The marker is about 250 feet north of the barrier at the intersection.
Mockbee Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); "The Boy Scout" (approx. 2.1 miles away); Thomas Farmhouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Waldo P. Johnson (approx. 2.6 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
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.) 
 
This is a photo of the area of Russell's Ford. image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, January 18, 2009
3. This is a photo of the area of Russell's Ford.
Headstone of Major General George Dietzler image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, August 10, 2008
4. 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 was last revised on October 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,892 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.   2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri.   3. submitted on June 7, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.   4. submitted on June 10, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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