Bryan Ivlow, a board member from the Jesse James Farm, spoke to the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri during our April 2013 meeting on Civil War and American Revolutionary War guns. He has been collecting guns since he was young and has an impressive collection. He has also built a few rifles himself. Bryan also leads the ball and power shoot at the Jesse James Farm and is an historian on fire arms.
"This reenactment was presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Blue Mills Landing (aka The Battle of Liberty). The original battle occurred approximately 4 miles south of Liberty, Missouri on September 17, 1861. The reenactment was presented Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Shoal Creek Park in Kansas City, Missouri."
To watch a great video presentation of this event, click here. You can also view videos of the David Rice Atchison and Alexander Doniphan speeches which were also reenacted on the Liberty courthouse steps.
On October 23, 1864 the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi river took place just a few miles south of Kansas City near the old trail town of Westport, Missouri. Author and Historian, Paul Kirkman traces the roots of the conflict through to its conclusion in "The Battle of Westport: Missouri’s Great Confederate Raid". In September of 1864 General Sterling Price had set out with several thousand men on a desperate cavalry raid into Missouri. Tens of thousands of federal troops were deployed to protect St. Louis and the capitol at Jefferson City and other potential targets from the raiders. In a sweeping arc across the state Price’s army gathered loot and recruits, while eluding pursuing state and federal forces. The armies finally met in a running battle that would leave wounded and dead from Kansas City down the Kansas state line to the Arkansas border and beyond. The History Press honors the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States with this latest offering in its Civil War Sesquicentennial series. Contact The History Press at www.historypress.net or email Paul Kirkman at
The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri dedicated two low-profile historic markers for the Battle of the Little Blue on Sunday afternoon, October 18, 2009, at the Ripley Junction Park. These markers are in memory of past presidents, Sonny Wells and Tim Cox.
The Battle of the Little Blue was Day One of the Battle of Westport which was part of Confederate General Sterling Price's Great Missouri Raid on October 21, 1864. The new markers are an attempt to tell the story in an accurate and enlightening fashion with graphics, maps, pictures, and text. This is our way of helping to observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War which will start in 2011.
The Battle of the Little Blue is among the National Park Service's top 384 battle sites in the U.S., in the top 15 at risk sites in the U.S., and is in the top 10 endangered battle sites in Missouri.
These markers were funded by private donations, and no government money was used to erect them. We are grateful to Jackson County Parks and Recreation for allowing us to place the markers on park land.
THE CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI is available!
The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri is distributing copies of The Civil War in Missouri—Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906-2006. The paperback edition collects twelve essays from the collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Sample topics are "General Nathaniel Lyon: A Portrait" by William E. Parrish, "The Battle of Lexington as Seen by a Woman" by Susan A. Arnold McCausland, and "Springfield is a Vast Hospital: The Dead and Wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek" by William Garrett Piston. William E. Parrish also writes an introduction for the volume which is a part of the Century of Missouri History Scholarship Series.
Paperback copies are available for $25.00 plus $2.15 for mailing. Copies may also be bought at the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri in Independence, Missouri. On January 10, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. the Round Table will hear from John Martin speak on the topic of the Grand Army of the Republic and other members will share artifacts and short research in the Open Round Table. The Round Table meets at the Old Blake Museum, 106 E. Walnut, Independence, Missouri. This is also the home of the Blue and Grey Book Shoppe. Visitors are always welcome!
To order by mail, please make your check payable to the "Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri" in the amount of $27.15 and mail to Beverly Shaw, 17313 E. 51 Ter. Ct., Independence, MO 64055. For questions call (816) 478-7648 or send an E-mail to
The Round Table is distributing these books as a fundraiser for publishing a driving tour of the Civil War sites in eastern Jackson County Missouri.
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