This painting depicts the Battle of Byram's Ford (a.k.a. Battle of the Big Blue), which took place on October 22, 1864, in Jackson County, Missouri. During the battle, the 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia, which was aided by the Topeka Battery of Artillery, fought the Confederate forces of Sterling Price. Captain Ross Burns commanded that artillery battery. Ross may have commissioned artist Benjamin Mileham to execute this painting. Mrs. Ross Burns later donated it the Shawnee County Commissioners and the Grand Army of Republic in memory of her then deceased husband.
Creator: Mileham, Benjamin D.
Item Number: 220605
KSHS Identifier: 1984.174.0
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Artists
Collections - Museum
Date - 1890s - 1896
Military - Wars - Civil War - Battle of the Blue
Military - Wars - Civil War - Kansas Units - State Militia - 2nd Kansas State Militia Infantry
Military - Wars - Civil War - Price's Raid
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Picture - Documentary
Thematic Time Period - Civil War, 1861-1865
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts