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Westport    

Other Names: None

Location: Jackson County

Campaign: Priceís Missouri Expedition (1864)

Date(s): October 23, 1864

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis [US]; Maj. Gen. Sterling Price [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Border [US]; Army of Missouri [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 3,000 total (US 1,500; CS 1,500)

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 Rebels were in retreat.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: MO027

Preservation Priority: IV.2 (Class A)

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