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The Battle Of Westport 150 Years Later

Newell Convers Wyeth
Missouri State Capitol

In October of 1864, Kansas City played host to a dramatic clash of Union and Confederate forces. Thousands of troops squared off along Brush Creek and Blue River in the Battle of Westport, the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. On Thursday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with preservationist Daniel Smith about the legacy of the "Gettysburg of the West."

Event Info: "Battle of Westport: Memory and Legacy." Daniel Smith, chairman of the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund, will talk Sunday at the Kansas City, Missouri Public  Library Central branch. The discussion begins at 2:00 p.m. at 14 West 10th St, KCMO.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.