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Missouri – Battle of Westport Historical Markers

This battle, also known as the "Gettysburg of the West", took place in modern-day Kansas City, Missouri on October 23, 1864. The battle was one of the largest to take place west of the Mississippi River, and it ended the last major Confederate offensive west of the Mississippi River.
 
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By Thomas Onions, February 28, 2010
Harrisonville Road (Prospect) Marker
1 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Blenheim Square - Research Hospital — 15 — Harrisonville Road (Prospect)
This was the main road to Harrisonville. Fagan’s Confederate Division was posted here at noon on Oct.23, 1864. At daylight that day Gen. Price’s huge wagon train moved south on this road. After his defeat at Byram’s Ford Gen. Marmaduke retreated . . . Map (db m28709) HM
2 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Countryside — 7 — McGhee's Charge
On Oct. 23, 1864 near noon Col. McGhee's mounted Arkansans charged north on Wornall Lane to capture McLain's Colorado Battery. Capt. Johnson of the 15th Kas. Cavalry attacked saving the guns. McGhee was killed in a hand-to-hand fight with the . . . Map (db m29658) HM
3 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Eastern 49-63 — 12 — Battle of the Big Blue
On Oct. 22, 1864, after the Union line along the Big Blue was flanked, Jackman's Confederate Brigade overran the militia at the Mockbee Farm, 78th & Holmes, and drove Jennison's Union Brigade back to the state line. Jennison and Moonlight's . . . Map (db m30291) HM
4 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Morningside — 11 — Hinkle's Grove
At about 1:00 P.M., October 23, 1864 Confederate Gen. Shelby was withdrawing slowly from his position near the Wornall House. He had been ordered to pull back by Gen. Price because of the collapse of Marmaduke's Confederate line at Byram's Ford. . . . Map (db m30294) HM
5 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Neighborhood United for Action — 13 — Shelby's Last Stand
On Oct. 23, 1864, Confederate Gen. Shelby being forced back from Westport by Gen. Curtis and flanked on the east by Gen. Pleasonton formed a defensive line here behind stone fences running east and west to the state line. Jackman's Brigade of . . . Map (db m26692) HM
6 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Oakwood — 21 — New Santa Fe Road Reported missing
In 1864, the New Santa Fe Rd. joined the Harrisonville Rd. (now Grandview Rd.) here and went south across I-435 then to the southwest. McNeil's Union Brigade had been ordered by Gen. Pleasonton to be here by daylight on October 23, 1864 and block . . . Map (db m20576) HM
7 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Old Westport — 1 — Action Before Westport
(Front of Marker): Price's Raid Confederate General Sterling Price brought three mounted divisions from Arkansas into Missouri, September 19, 1864. Fighting several small battles he marched slowly north toward St. Louis, then struck . . . Map (db m20868) HM
8 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, South Kansas City — 20 — Russell's Ford
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 . . . Map (db m19731) HM
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9 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, South Kansas City — 23 — Thomas Farmhouse
About 4 p.m. Oct. 23, 1864 after their victory at Westport the Union leaders met here for consultation. Included were Generals Curtis, Blunt, Pleasonton and Dietzler; Gov. Carney and Sen. Jim Lane of Kansas. The Confederates had lost over 1,000 men . . . Map (db m20598) HM
10 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, South Kansas City — 10 — Wornall HomesteadBattle of Westport
Built in 1858 by John Wornall on his 640-acre farm, this house was in the center of heavy fighting on October 23, 1864. After the last Confederate charge to the north toward Westport was repulsed, this house was used as a field hospital for both . . . Map (db m28072) HM
11 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 3 — Battle of WestportUnion Flanking Movement
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. . . . Map (db m21702) HM
12 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 4 — Bent & Ward Houses
The brick house in the rear was owned by Wm. Bent, fur trader. On Sun., Oct. 23, 1864 heavy fighting occurred here. After Union Gen. Curtis flanked the Confederate line by coming up a ravine (Rockwell Lane) his troops were a few rods north of the . . . Map (db m21722) HM
13 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 5 — Confederate Position
At 8:30 A.M. Sun., Oct. 23, 1864, Gen. Shelby's Division moved north and struck Union troops near the Wornall House. Gen. Blunt's Union cavalrymen were driven across Brush Creek. Shelby stopped to bring up ammunition. About 3,000 Confederate men . . . Map (db m21705) HM
14 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 6 — Union Artillery
When Gen. Curtis moved up the hill to the west Gen. Blunt moved south from Brush Creek through the woods to Loose Park. He drove the Confederates from a stone fence along 51st St. and formed a line there at 11:00 a.m., Oct. 23, 1864. running east . . . Map (db m21708) HM
15 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 2 — Union Position
At 9:30 a.m., Oct. 23, 1864, Gen. Curtis's troops from Blunt's Division formed a line along Brush Creek facing south. Jennison's Brigade was west of Wornall; Ford's Brigade east of Jennison's to Oak St.; and Moonlight's Brigade along State Line . . . Map (db m21725) HM
16 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Park Campus — 19 — "Boston" Adams' House
Confederate Gen. Price made his headquarters here the night of Oct. 22, 1864. His generals convinced him to start south but he refused to abandon his 500-wagon train of war booty. Gen. Shelby's Division camped near Forest Hill cemetery. . . . Map (db m30324) HM
17 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 17 — Battle of the Big Blue
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 . . . Map (db m28694) HM
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18 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 18 — Battle of Westport
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 . . . Map (db m28313) HM
19 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 16 — Byram's Ford Battlefield
At 8 A. M. on October 23, 1864, Federal cavalry under General Alfred E. Pleasonton forced a crossing of the Blue River at Byram’s Ford and attacked the stone ridge, which was defended by Confederate troops under John S. Marmaduke. After 3 hours . . . Map (db m28705) HM
20 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 17B — Log House and Defensive Line
This log house hiding Confederate snipers was in front of the defensive line 250 yards to the south. Heavy fighting took place there on Oct. 23, 1864 between Marmaduke's Confederates and Pleasonton's Cavalrymen. Clarke's Confederate Brigade was in . . . Map (db m30304) HM
21 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 17A — Pratt's Artillery
On the morning of Oct. 23, 1864 Clarke's Confederate Brigade of Marmaduke's Div. was in line on this hill from 63rd St. Trafficway north across 59th St. facing east to stop Pleasonton's Cavalry. Pratt's two Batteries, Harris' Mo. and Hynson's Tx. . . . Map (db m28381) HM
22 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Tower Homes — 14 — Mockbee Farm
The Thos. Mockbee Farmhouse stood here. On Oct. 22, 1864 when, after the Confederates had forced a crossing of the Big Blue to the east 300 men of the 2nd Kas. Militia were north of the farmhouse where they formed a line facing north. Jackman's . . . Map (db m26577) HM
23 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Verona Hills — 22 — New Santa Fe
In 1864 this village straddled the state line. The military road running north and south was ¼-mile west of the line. On October 23, 1864, General Sterling Price's wagon train moving southwest on this road turned south on the military road at 2 . . . Map (db m20580) HM
24 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Ward Estates — 8 — Battle of WestportPosition of Opposing Forces - 11a.m. Oct. 23, 1864
Gen. Sterling Price was on this spot at 11:00 a.m. but retired before the armies had reached this disposition. Positions after the Union flank attack. Lines moved back and forth with charges and countercharges, although cavalry, most were . . . Map (db m28114) HM
25 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Ward Estates — 9 — Battle of WestportAction on the Third Day
Near this point on the morning of October 23, 1864, Capt. Richard A. Collins' Confederate battery of Shelby's Brigade went into action, supported by two cavalry battalions. for two hours this battery dueled with the 9th Wisconsin battery, covering . . . Map (db m28110) HM
 
 
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