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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - #946

  Just south of present day Kansas City, at Westport, Missouri, on Sunday, October 23, 1864, Sterling Price’s Confederates attacked, with the intention of defeating the Federal forces in front of him and then turning on and defeating Pleasonton’s Federals behind him.  After two hours of desperate fighting Confederates commanded by Shelby pushed the opposing Union forces across Brush Creek; however, Federal troops commanded by Curtis counterattacked back across Brush Creek just as Union forces under Pleasonton attacked the Confederate rear guard.  By the early afternoon Price was forced to withdraw southward from the battlefield.  The last major offense of the Confederacy in the West ended.  Not as spectacular as many of the major battles of the Civil War, this battle at Westport was nevertheless bitterly and desperately contested.