Daniel Smith Looks at the Epic Struggle That Was the Battle of Westport
June 5, 2014
In October 1864, a Confederate army led by Gen. Sterling Price and a Union force commanded by Gen. Samuel Curtis collided in what is now Kansas City. The result was a large-scale battle that has been called the "Gettysburg of the West."
Daniel L. Smith takes a ground-level look at this epic struggle in The Battle of Westport: Memory and Legacy on Sunday, June 22, 2014,at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
As area groups gear up for a sesquicentennial re-enactment, Rice looks at the Battle of Westport's influence and explores earlier efforts by participants and successive generations to remember and commemorate this significant historical event.
Smith, a sixth-generation Kansan who is a principal partner of the Overland Park law firm of Ankerholz and Smith, serves as the chairman of the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund, whose mission is the battlefield's preservation and interpretation.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission to the event is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.orgor call 816.701.3407.