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Battle of Westport Auto Tour

Battle of Westport mural at the Missouri State Capitol

A not too realistic mural of the Battle of Westport on display at the Missouri State Capitol 

The Battle of the Westport took place over a three day period in October 1864. The fighting started on the Little Blue River a few miles east of Independence, Missouri, on Friday, October 21, 1864. The fighting ended by early afternoon on Sunday, October 23 with the Confederate forces retreating south and the Union forces calling off their pursuit near the small town of New Santa Fe, Missouri. This auto tour visits historical markers erected by the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund to commemorate the events of Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 1864.

There is a map of the tour at the bottom of this page and every other tour page. You can use Google Maps to get you from tour stop to tour stop. There will also be a brief description of how to get to the next stop.

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Credits: This online tour is inspired by the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund's Battle of Westport Self-guided Automobile Tour. The tour stops are sequenced to minimize the distance traveled. Because of this, we will be discussing battle events out of chronological sequence.