CIVIL WAR DAY TRIP – KANSAS CITY
Visiting Kansas City? Try a Civil War Day Trip. Wondering what to do? You have lots to choose from. Great shopping, professional sports, big name concerts, world class museums and galleries. Kansas City has lots to offer. But many don’t realize that Kansas City and the surrounding area holds an important place in the pages of Civil War History. Some of the largest battles west of the Mississippi occurred along the border between Missouri and Kansas from Kansas City southward along the state line. In Kansas City itself, The Battle of Westport is perhaps the most prominent Civil War action. It is well documented and visitors can follow a self guided Battle of Westport Auto Tour to explore the area and related sites. (For more detailed information read The Battle of Westport – Amazing Kansas City.)
Civil War Day Trip – South From Kansas City
For another taste of Civil War History in the Kansas City area visitors can take a very interesting day trip south of Kansas City. The trip offers an opportunity not only to explore various locations associated with the Civil War but it also affords an opportunity to sample some of the more rural Kansas countryside including farmlands, prairie land, and forested hills, creeks and rivers.
This article presents a brief outline and overview of the Civil War Day Trip Route. This is a driving trip and the route has stops in 3 areas indicated in the map below.. Three future follow up articles will give more detail about the sites and historical events which took place in each of the three locations.
The Civil War Day Trip travels south from the Kansas City / Overland Park, Kansas area. It focuses on 3 areas as shown in the map above. The route covers roughly 143 miles, taking approximently 2 hours and 40 minutes of actual drive time ( not including stops).
Area A – The first historical stops are in area A (shown above) and include Trading Post Village, a small rural Kansas village involved in the Marais des Cygnes Massacre, part of Pre-Civil War hostilities in the area in 1858……… and later a site of Union / Confederate skirmishes and the Battle of the Mounds in 1864. Nearby you can also visit the site of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre.
Trading Post Village Museum Buildings
Massacre Site Entrance
Area B – The second historical stops include the site of The Battle of Mine Creek – the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River – where Union forces caught up with Confederate Troops as they retreated southward after the Battle of Westport in Kansas City. Nearby Mound City, Kansas was a fortified post protecting the area against early Confederate guerrilla attacks from Missouri. Later it was the site of a skirmish leading up to the Battle of Mine Creek. A local cemetery includes graves and monuments to war and battle dead.
Battle of Mine Creek Museum
Mound City Cemetery & Civil War Memorial
Area C – The third stop on the day trip is in Osawatomie, Kansas where you can visit The John Brown Museum and Cabin as well as walk the site of the Battle of Osawatomie – an engagement of Pre-Civil War fighting between John Brown’s Free State guerrillas and pro-slavery militia in 1856.
John Brown Museum and Cabin Headquarters in Osawatomie, Kansas
Marker & Site of the Battle of Osawatomie
Use the map below to view specific location information related to the day trip. The map can be enlarged for easier viewing of details.
Day Trip Extension – If your time and schedule allow, the basic Civil War Day Trip route can be extended a bit further south to include Fort Scott, Kansas. This adds about 53 miles to the entire route for a total of 196 miles, and adding roughly one hour to the trip resulting in 3 hours and 38 minutes total driving time. Today Fort Scott is a city built up in the area originally established as a fort on the Permanent Indian Frontier. The fort also served in various ways during the Civil War. Today the fort at Fort Scott is well maintained as a National Historic Site by the U.S. National Park Service
Ft. Scott – located south of Mound City / Trading Post areas
Ft. Scott Parade Ground and Structures
In future articles I’ll be sharing more details and lots of photos related to historical events which occurred at Stops A, B, and C on this Kansas City Civil War Day Trip – so be sure to check back. Meanwhile, Enjoy Your Travels and be sure to Drive Safely!
Take a Kansas City Civil Way Day Trip …….. And Enjoy The Adventure!
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