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Army of the Border

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The Army of the Border was a Union army during the American Civil War. It was created from units in the Department of Kansas to oppose Sterling Price's Raid in 1864. Samuel R. Curtis was in command of the army throughout its duration.


Major General James G. Blunt, who commanded the District of South Kansas, was placed in command of the army's 1st Division, which was broken up into three brigade of volunteer cavalry regiments and a fourth of Kansas state militia units. Major General George Dietzler commanded the rest of the Kansas state militia units and organized them into the 2nd Division of the army.

Blunt's division fought at the battles of Lexington and Little Blue River before falling back and joining Curtis and the rest of the army at Westport. At the Battle of Westport, Curtis's two divisions were joined by Alfred Pleasonton's cavalry division from the Department of the Missouri, bringing the Union army to about 22,000, including Pleasonton's cavalry. After the battle, the militia units returned to their respective counties while Blunt's volunteers continued the pursuit along with Pleasonton's division. Blunt's division fought Price in the last major battle of the campaign at Newtonia.


  • Major General Samuel R. Curtis (October 14 – November 8, 1864)
  • Major battles and campaigns

  • Price's Missouri Expedition
  • Second Battle of Lexington (only Blunt's 1st Division was involved)
  • Battle of Little Blue River (only Blunt's 1st Division was involved)
  • Battle of Byram's Ford (only Blunt's 1st Division was involved)
  • Battle of Westport (Blunt's division and elements of Dietzler's state militia involved)
  • Battle of Mine Creek (only Pleasonton's 2nd Division was involved)
  • Second Battle of Newtonia (only Blunt's 1st Division was involved)
  • Military rank

  • MG = Major General
  • BG = Brigadier General
  • Col = Colonel
  • Ltc = Lieutenant Colonel
  • Maj = Major
  • Cpt = Captain
  • Lt = 1st Lieutenant
  • 2Lt = 2nd Lieutenant
  • Army of the Border

    MG Samuel Ryan Curtis


  • 2nd Kansas Cavalry (battalion): Maj Henry Hopkins
  • Company G, 11th Kansas Cavalry: Cpt C. L. Gove
  • Company H, 15th Kansas Cavalry
  • Mountain howitzer battery: Lt Edward Gill
  • References

    Army of the Border Wikipedia

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