Press Release: May 14, 2011
National Archives at Kansas City
Author Paul Kirkman to Discuss The Battle of Westport: Missouriís Great Confederate Raid at the National Archives
For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Paul Kirkman, on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book The Battle of the Westport: Missouriís Great Confederate Raid. Kirkman will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. This program is presented in partnership with the Westport Historical Society.
In the fall of 1864, a Confederate cavalry column entered the state of Missouri through northern Arkansas. Skirmishing, recruiting, and pillaging their way across the state in a raid led by Major General Sterling Price, the rebels stayed just ahead of the Federal pursuit. On October 23, 1864, the two forces met in the largest battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. Just south of the frontier community of Kansas City, near the town of Westport, 30,000 men clashed in the fields and hills along the Kansas border. The Battle of Westport tells the story of the Battle of Westport, known as the "Gettysburg of the West" from its roots in "Bleeding Kansas" to its aftermath and stories of survivors.
About the author
Paul Kirkman is an author, historian, and lecturer from Independence, Missouri. Kirkman has a bachelorís degree in history from Columbia College and has worked as an archival assistant in the archives of the Kansas City Department of Parks, Recreation & Boulevards and as a speaker for the State Historical Society of Missouri Speakersí Bureau. Kirkman co-authored LOCKDOWN- Outlaws, Lawmen & Frontier Justice in Jackson County, Missouri with archivist David Jackson of the Jackson County Missouri Historical Society.
Copies of The Battle of the Westport: Missouriís Great Confederate Raid will be available for purchase via the Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email email@example.com.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.
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