Missouri Civil War History * Reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob
Fort Davidson State Historic Site, Pilot Knob, Missouri ~ Coming again
September 27-28, 2014

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Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment

The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia are rich in Civil War lore. Because of its strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad, Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob and the Arcadia Valley throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,500 soldiers dead or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Every third year a full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob is staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.  For much more on the Battle of Pilot Knob and Fort Davidson Historic Site, click here.

Join us for the next battle reenactments scheduled for
Fort Davidson State Historic Site
September 27-28, 2014
Week-long events begin September 20th
Download the schedule of events!




~ Activities Include Battles Saturday and Sunday ~
~ Blowing up the Fort Saturday Night ~
~ Infantry Artillery Cavalry Drills ~
~ Medical Demonstrations ~
~ Civilian Activities ~
~ Period Entertainment ~
~ Tableaus ~ Vendors ~ Crafters ~ Food ~
~ Reenactor's Ball ~
~ Memorial Luminary Ceremony ~
~ Lecture's by Civil War Authors ~


We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.  Sutler and arts and crafts booths are available.  This event is sponsored by the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce, the MCWRA (Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.   If you want to participate in the 2014 events, please see the downloadable information below.

Below are links to the information and registration packets that are available if you are planning to participate in the reenactment. 

Download Reenactors Registration Packet 2014

Suttlers Registration Closed

Download Food and Arts & Crafts Vendor Registration Packet 2014

(For more information, contact Brick Autry,  Fort Davidson State Historic Site,
PO Box 509,  Pilot Knob, MO 63663
(573) 546-3454;

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