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Alfred Pleasonton

Alfred Pleasonton
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a photograph of General Alfred Pleasonton who commanded the District of Central Missouri and the District of St. Louis in 1864. He and his troops defeated Gen. Sterling Price at Westport, Battle of Byram's Ford and Marais des Cygnes.


General Samuel Ryan Curtis

General Samuel Ryan Curtis
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a photograph of Samuel Ryan Curtis, who was born near Champlain, New York. Curtis graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1831, and moved to Ohio, where he was a lawyer and worked on several civilian jobs. During the Mexican-American War, he was appointed a colonel and served as military governor of several occupied cities. At the beginning of the Civil War, Curtis was given command of the Army of the Southwest. In March 1862, his army won the Battle of Pea Ridge in northwest Arkansas. Later he was assigned to command the Department of Kansas & Indian Territory. In 1864, Curtis and his troops fought against the Confederate invasion led by Maj. Gen. Sterling Price. Curtis gathered the forces of his department together, including several regiments of Kansas State Militia, calling his force the Army of the Border. Price was halted by Curtis' victory at the Battle of Westport. After the war, he returned to Iowa where he was involved with the Union Pacific Railroad until his death the following year in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Our Father

Our Father
Creator: Porterfield, Burt Russell
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a biography of Jefferson Greene Porterfield. Included in the biography is a personal reminiscence of his participation in the Civil War. Porterfield was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, on February 11, 1838, the son of Milton and Eliza Ann Collier Porterfield. The family moved west to Missouri and later Iowa and back to Missouri. In the winter of 1855-1856, Jefferson's father went to Kansas Territory and located claims near Holton in Jackson County. The family built a lob cabin and began farming the land. On August 23, 1862, he enlisted in the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company B at Holton, Kansas. Porterfield describes the skirmishes the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry encountered including Prices' Raid, Battle of the Blue, and Mine Creek. In February, 1865, the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry was sent to Wyoming to Fort Bridger where they fought in the Battle of Platte River bridge. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1865. Porterfield returned to Jackson County where he resumed farming and teaching. The biography also contains marriage and family information.


Reuben Smith diaries

Reuben Smith diaries
Creator: Smith, Reuben, 1832-1905
Date: 1851-1904
This collection includes bound diaries and scrapbooks written and compiled by Reuben Smith from his immigration to the United States in 1854 to his last years in Osawatomie, Kansas. The bound diaries include, but are not limited to, journal entries, newspaper articles and pictures, military records, state government records, correspondence, speeches, and travel records.


Westport and Big Blue

Westport and Big Blue
Creator: Davis, George
Date: October 22, 1864-October 23, 1864
This is a map showing the Battle of Westport and Big Blue. It accompanied a report by Major General S. R. Curtis, U. S. Army and was copied from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865, War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Vol. XLI, Part 1.


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