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On This Day: October 23

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Westport, Missouri

The 9th Wisconsin Light Artillery fought in the Battle of Westport, at present-day Kansas City, Missouri. Sometimes called the "Gettysburg of the West," this battle ended the last significant Confederate operation west of the Mississippi River. It was one of the largest battles fought west of the Mississippi River, with over 30,000 men engaged.

1921 - Green Bay Packers First NFL Game

On this date the Green Bay Packers played their first NFL game. The Packers defeated the Minneapolis Marines 7-6, for a crowd of 6,000 fans and completed their inaugural season with 3 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties.[Source:]