Standard Catalog of
Civil War Firearms
Over 700 photographs and a rarity scale for each gun, this comprehensive guide to the thousands of weapons used by Billy Yank and Johnny Reb will be indispensable for historians and collectors.
Major General Sterling Price's Army of Missouri was headed west towards Kansas City and Fort Leavenworth. Major General Samuel R. Curtis's Army of the Border, in and around Westport, was blocking the Confederates' way west and Major General Alfred Pleasonton's provisional cavalry division was pressing Price's army's rear.
Price had nearly 500 wagons with him and required a good ford over the Big Blue River to facilitate the passage of his supplies. Byram's Ford was the best ford in the area and became a strategic point during the fighting around Westport.
On October 22, Major General James G. Blunt's division held a defensive position on the Big Blue River's west bank. Around 10:00 am on the 22nd, part of Brigadier General Joseph O. Shelby's Confederate division conducted a frontal attack on Blunt's men. This attack was a ruse because the rest of Shelby's men flanked Blunt's hasty defenses, forcing the Federals to retire to Westport.
Price's wagon train and about 5,000 head of cattle then crossed the Big Blue River at Byram's Ford and headed southward toward Little Santa Fe and safety. Pleasonton's cavalry was hot on the tail of Price's army. Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke's Rebel division held the west bank of the Big Blue at Byram's Ford to prevent Pleasonton from attacking Price's rear.
Pleasonton assaulted Marmaduke at Byram's Ford, around 8:00 am, on the 23rd. Three hours later, Marmaduke's men had enough and fell back toward Westport. With Pleasonton across the river, he was now an additional threat to Price who was fighting Curtis's Army of the Border at Westport.
Price had to retreat south.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Jackson County
Campaign: Price's Missouri Expedition (1864)
Date(s): October 22-23, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General James G. Blunt and Major General Alfred Pleasonton [US]; Brigadier General Joseph Shelby and Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke [CS]
Forces Engaged: 1st Division, Army of the Border and provisional cavalry division [US]; Shelby and Marmaduke's Divisions [CS]
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