Join us for a week-long celebration of our Civil War Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob. A variety of events are scheduled, including: concerts; speakers; hikes on Pilot Knob Mountain; a grand ball; and the full-scale battle reenactment.
Full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob, which feature "blowing up the fort," are staged on September 27 and 28. These attract thousands of spectators, so be sure to make your plans early.
At 10:30 a.m. on Sep. 27, Missouri State Parks holds a ceremony officially renaming the historic site “Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.” In addition to being the location of Fort Davidson, the site includes two burial trenches.
The Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation area are rich in Missouri Civil War History. The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied this area throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the site 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 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitors Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama and a 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 Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.
We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event. Times vary by date and event, so please visit our website for the latest scheduled.