Battle of Little Blue River

The Little Blue River in Jackson County, Missouri. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Notable Events:

  • Battle of Little Blue River (October 21, 1864)

During his retreat from a loss to Confederate General Sterling Price at Lexington, Missouri the day before, Union General James G. Blunt stopped and made a stand on the west banks of the Little Blue River. Major General Samuel R. Curtis ordered Blunt to retreat, only to reverse the order the next day. Outnumbered, Blunt's defenders were forced to fall back to Independence, where the Second Battle of Independence commenced. Price continued his great cavalry raid until the Battle of Westport in modern-day Kansas City, Missouri.