Battle of Byram's Ford Facts

October 22, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Byram's Ford (aka Battle of Big Blue River), which was fought on October 22, 1864, during the Civil War.

Portrait of Sterling Price

On October 22, 1864, elements of Confederate General Sterling Price’s (pictured here) Army of Missouri outflanked Major General James G. Blunt’s division of the Union Army of the Border, forcing the Yankees to withdraw to Westport, Missouri. [Wikimedia Commons]


  • October 22, 1864


  •  Jackson County, Missouri


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

Confederate Forces Engaged

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,500

Union Casualties

  • Unknown

Confederate Casualties

  • Unknown


  • Confederate victory


  • After Blunt conceded the strategic crossing at Byram’s Ford, Price got his supplies across the Big Blue River and sent them south toward the small town of Little Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Article Title Battle of Byram's Ford Facts
  • Date October 22, 1864
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 21, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 12, 2024