Battle of Westport

Battle of Westport (HMEC1)

Location: Kansas City, MO 64112 Jackson County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 2.175', W 94° 35.881'

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Union 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. While the Union army was engaged in heavy fighting just east of here, General Curtis led the 9th Wisconsin Battery and Company G of the 11th Kansas Cavalry up a twisting, wooded defile to a position on the left and rear of General Shelby's lines, the battery, firing down the Confederate lines, caused Shelby to pull back from the heights south of Brush Creek, severely weakening the Confederate position.

George Thoman, a farmer living just south of Westport pointed out the defile to General Curtis and served as guide. Sunset Drive follows the wall of the old defile.
HM NumberHMEC1
Marker Number3
Year Placed1964
Placed ByNative Sons of Kansas City, Missouri
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 4:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 361691 N 4322014
Decimal Degrees39.03625000, -94.59801667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 2.175', W 94° 35.881'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 2' 10.50" N, 94° 35' 52.86" W
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Area Code(s)816, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5025 Sunset Dr, Kansas City MO 64112, US
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