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    Buck & Jim's Excellent Transmississippi Adventure 2017!

    So I just returned a few weeks ago from another of my week long adventures of battlefield tours. I linked up with a buddy from Massachusetts and we did a tour of the Civil War in the Transmississippi. It was incredible.

    We flew into Kansas City and used that as our base for the first few days. After getting the rental we loaded up the beer and headed to the hotel…priorities.

    Day 1 we visited Lecompton & Lawrence, KS, as well as Lexington & Lone Jack, MO. In Kansas we visited sites associated with Bleeding Kansas and the Bushwacker – Jayhawk Border War. Lexington, about 50 NE of KC, was an early battle where the MO State Guard (not yet Confederate) attacked Federal forces there in what is known as the battle of Hemp Bales. http://civilwaronthewesternborder.or...tle-hemp-bales We followed that with a stop at Lone Jack, the site of an 1863 battle.

    Day 2 was all about Price’s 1864 Raid. We started with the Battle of Little Blue River & 2nd Independence. We followed that up with the Battles of Byram’s Ford, Westport, Marmiton & Mine Creek. We finished up with tour of old FT Scott, KS.

    Day 3 was a moving day. As we headed south we covered the Battles of Carthage, saw the Bushwackers Museum I Nevada, MO and covered the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and Newtonia 1 & 2
    Tired and weary we made our way to a hotel in Fayetteville, AR and found a brew pub!

    Day 4 we visited the Battle of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove

    Day 5 was a lot of windshield time. We left Fayetteville and headed south and did the Battle of Cane Hill (I am glad we had a Ford Explorer w/ 4WD. I am sure the rental company would be pissed if they knew where I took it!) and toured historic FT Smith, AR. After an excellent brew pub lunch we headed west into Oklahoma where we toured the Battles of Honey Springs & Cabin Creek.

    Day 6 saw us back to KC and a visit to the National World War One Museum and Memorial. I must admit I was incredibly moved and almost broke down several times. I cannot recommend it more highly.

    Stay tuned. Photos and short videos should be forthcoming in the not too distant future.

    So the final
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