[Battle of Westport as depicted in mural in
Missouri State Capitol - Courtesy of Wikipedia.]
October 23, 1864
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Westport (neighborhood), Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Priceís Missouri Expedition
Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis
Maj. Gen. Sterling Price
Army of the Border
Army of Missouri
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.
decided that he needed to deal with the two Union forces and decided to attack
them one at a time.
still behind him, Price chose to
strike Curtis at Westport first.
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
Expedition, and from this point on, the Confederates were in retreat.
[Battlefield Lost Integrity]
1 National Park
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campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war
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having observable influence on the
outcome of a campaign
having a limited influence on the
outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important
3 Casualties are
someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.