Byram's Ford, MO
October 22-23, 1864
Priceís Missouri Expedition
Maj. Gen. Sterling
Priceís Army of Missouri was headed west towards Kansas City and
Maj. Gen. Samuel R.
Curtisí Army of the Border, in and around Westport, was blocking the
Confederatesí way west and Maj. Gen. Alfred
Pleasontonís provisional cavalry division was pressing Priceís armyís
had nearly 500 wagons with him and required a good ford over the Big Blue River
to facilitate the passage of his supplies.
Byramís Ford was the best ford in the area and
became a strategic point during the fighting around Westport.
Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt and Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton
Brig. Gen. Joseph Shelby and Brig. Gen. John S.
1st Division, Army of the Border
and provisional cavalry division
Shelby and Marmadukeís Divisions
On October 22, Maj. Gen.
James G. Bluntís division held a defensive position on the Big Blue
Riverís west bank.
Around 10:00 am on the 22nd, part of
Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Shelbyís
Confederate division conducted a frontal attack on
This attack was a ruse because the rest of
Shelbyís men flanked
Bluntís hasty defenses, forcing the Federals
to retire to Westport.
wagon train and about 5,000 head of cattle then crossed the Big Blue River at
Byramís Ford and headed southward toward Little Santa Fe and safety.
cavalry was in close pursuit of Priceís
Brig. Gen. John S.
Marmadukeís Confederate division held the west bank of the Big
Blue at Byramís Ford to prevent Pleasonton
from attacking Priceís rear.
attacked Marmaduke at Byramís Ford,
around 8:00 am, on the 23rd.
After three hours of fighting,
Marmadukeís forces fell back toward
crossed the river, he was an additional threat to
Price who was fighting Curtisí
Army of the Border at Westport. Price
had to retreat south.
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