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Charles Collins, an instructor with the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, explains details of a Battle of Westport skirmish at Byram's Ford on the Big Blue River, which is now in an industrial area in modern-day Kansas City, Mo. Collins and his colleague, Curtis King, were joined last week by 12 Kansas University ROTC students on a "staff ride" to dissect the Battle of Westport, the biggest battle west of the Mississippi during the American Civil War.


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