Author Paul Kirkman will discuss his Civil War book as part of the Ink By The Barrel book series Sunday, Oct. 28.
Kirkman will appear in the Mark Twain Museum gallery at 2 p.m to discuss and sign his book “The Battle of Westport: Missouri’s Great Confederate Raid.”
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 Oct. 23, 1864, the two forces met in the largest battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi.
Kirkman 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.