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]

Battle of Byram's Ford (aka Battle of Big Blue River) - 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.

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Date

  • October 22, 1864

Location

  •  Jackson County, Missouri

Campaign

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

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • 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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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Byram's Ford (aka Battle of Big Blue River) - Facts
  • Coverage October 22, 1864
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date November 29, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update November 9, 2021
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