Battle of Westport: Union Artillery
Tour Stop 6 [ Waypoint = N39 02.070 W94 35.547 ]
"When General Curtis moved up the hill to the west, General Blunt moved south from Brush Creek through the woods to Loose Park. He drove the Confederates from a stone fence along 51st Street and formed a line there at 11:00 A.M., October 23, 1864. Running east and west from Oak Street to the Bent House and south 5000 yards. McLain's Colorado Battery of Parrott guns was in Wornall Lane. The 9th Wisconsin Battery was 100 feet to the west. Thirty Union guns were in line. Attacks were made until noon when the Confederates were pushed south to he Wornall House."
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Directions to Stop #6: Get back in your car and turn right out of the parking area and then turn right (east) onto 51st Street. Drive about one block to Wornall Road and turn right (south). There will be a quick right into Loose Park. Park in a convenient parking space. The marker is on your right immediately after you enter the park. This tour stop is located in Kansas City, Missouri 64112.
Description: All morning Blunt had been trying to advance from along Brush Creek. He had met with little success until Curtis had outflanked Shelby's position (Tour Stop 5) and the 9th Wisconsin Battery had opened fire on the Confederate left and rear. Now Blunt had his troops move forward quickly and were able to reach the heights south of Brush Creek (near 51st Street). Blunt halted his movement until his artillery was brought up. Both McLain's and Barker's Batteries were brought forward to the heights. Militia artillery was also brought forward. Shelby and Fagan had been able to repulse the Union advance. But the artillery fire kept on. There were forty cannon from both sides engaged by now. It was so intense that Collins burst on of his guns at his position south of 55th Street (Tour Stop 9). The Federal artillery now numbered 30 guns and their effect was devastating to the rebels. Collins' battery was down to a single gun.