Westport, MO

[Battle of Westport as depicted in mural in
Missouri State Capitol - Courtesy of Wikipedia.]

Date(s): October 23, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Westport (neighborhood), Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Campaign: Priceís Missouri Expedition [1864]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Sterling Price

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Army of the Border

  • Confederate: Army of Missouri

Description:

  • Maj. Gen. Sterling Priceís Missouri Expedition had changed course from St. Louis and Jefferson City to Kansas City and Fort Leavenworth.

  • As his army neared Kansas City, Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtisís Army of the Border blocked its way west, while Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasontonís provisional cavalry division was closing on their rear.

  • Price decided that he needed to deal with the two Union forces and decided to attack them one at a time.

  • With Pleasonton still behind him, Price chose to strike Curtis at Westport first.

  • Curtis had established strong defensive lines and during a four-hour battle, the Confederates hurled themselves at the Union forces but to no avail.

  • The Rebels could not break the Union lines and retreated south. Westport was the decisive battle of Priceís Missouri Expedition, and from this point on, the Confederates were in retreat.

Slide Presentation: None [Battlefield Lost Integrity]

Classification2: A

Casualties3:

  • Union: 1,500 

  • Confederate: 1,500

Results: Union Victory Miniature Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Missouri Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/01/2013