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Kansas 5th Infantry Militia (Union)

09 Oct 1864

Kansas 5th Infantry Militia organized.

22 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Byram's Ford at Kansas City, Missouri.

The Battle of Byram's Ford
The Battle of Byram's Ford

Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Confederate Army of Missouri headed towards Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Leavenworth, hoping to capture Missouri for the South in the weeks prior to Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864. Union Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis's Army of the Border, in and around Westport, was blocking Price's movement, while Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton's provisional cavalry division was pressing Price's rearguard. On October 22nd, Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt's division held a defensive position on the we… Read More

23 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Westport at Westport, Missouri.

The Battle of Westport
The Battle of Westport

The Battle of Westport, fought October 21-23, was the largest battle west of the Mississippi River and the decisive battle of Confederate Gen. Stirling Price's 1864 Missouri campaign. Directions guide the visitor to the first of twenty-five narrative markers on a 32-mile, self-guided automobile tour and a self-guided walking tour of Byram's Ford and the Big Blue Battlefield. Each marker provides directions to the next stop on the tour. A written brochure is available from the Battle of Westport Visitor Cen… Read More

25 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Marais des Cygnes at Linn County, Kansas.

25 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Mine Creek at Linn County, Kansas.

The Battle of Mine Creek
The Battle of Mine Creek

About six miles south of Trading Post, Kansas, where the Marais de Cygnes cavalry engagement had occurred earlier in the day, the Union brigades of Col. Frederick Benteen and Col. John Phillips, of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s Provisional Cavalry Division, overtook a retreating Confederate cavalry column from Maj. Gen Sterling Price's Army of Missouri crossing Mine Creek. The rebels, stalled by their 500-wagon supply train crossing the rain-swollen ford, formed a line of about 7,000 men on the north side… Read More

28 Oct 1864

Participated in the Second Battle of Newtonia at Newton County, Missouri.

The Second Battle of Newtonia
The Second Battle of Newtonia

Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s Army of Missouri was in full retreat following its defeats at Westport on the Big Blue River outside of Kansas City on October 23rd, and at Mine Creek in Kansas on October 25th. On October 28th, it stopped to rest about two miles south of Newtonia, Missouri where another battle had been fought two years prior. Soon, five brigades in the pursuing cavalry division of Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt's Union force arrived. Blunt's cavalrymen caught the Rebels by surprise and at… Read More

29 Oct 1864

Kansas 5th Infantry Militia mustered out.

Kansas, United States of America

Field Officers

Colonel Charles W. Blair

Colonel G. A. Colton

Major General James G. Blunt