|Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s army rode west in the direction of Kansas City. On the night of the 21st, he
camped at Independence and resumed his westward march the next morning with Brig. Gen. Joe Shelby’s division
in the lead followed by Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke’s division, with Brig. Gen. James Fagan’s division bringing
up the rear. While Shelby’s men met success at Byram’s Ford, the other two columns did not fare as well. Maj.
Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s Union force crossed the Little Blue, beat up a Rebel brigade in Fagan’s command, and
occupied Independence. Marmaduke’s division then met Pleasonton about two miles west of Independence, hit
the Federals hard, pressed them back, and held them at bay until the morning of the 23rd. Pleasonton’s actions,
however, frightened Price and his army, and influenced them, after they had crossed the Big Blue, to send their
wagon trains to Little Santa Fe on the Fort Scott Road.