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Join us for a week-long celebration of our Civil War Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob, with a variety of events scheduled including concerts, speakers, hikes, grand ball, and the battle re-enactment which features "blowing up the fort."
Please visit our website for the latest updates to the scheduled events.
Full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob are staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend the next two reenactments scheduled during the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations; they are September 27-28, 2014.
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 Pilot Knob, the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area 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 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.
During the Ozark Mountain Festival in Eminence, which is a celebration of local culture, arts and crafts, recreation, and fun, we will have a live Civil War encampment from the Missouri Civil War Re-enactors' Association.
The encampment will be a detailed example of what a Civil War camp would be like during the 1860s in this part of the Ozarks. It will be an all-day demonstration and will feature actors, horses, tents, campfires, and other activities accurate to the time of Civil War across Current River. Precise location is yet to be determined, but will be in close proximity to the Shannon County Courthouse.
Then, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., there will be Civil War storytelling from Dan and Suzanne Chilton in Eminence at the east side of the Shannon County Courthouse Lawn. “The Civil War across Current River” is an interactive series of discussions about the Civil War era. Check the Eminence Area Arts Council's Facebook page for more details.
This event features Dan and Suzanne Chilton, local authors with deep roots in the area. Dan and Suzanne's book, Blue and Gray Cross Current, is about local happenings during the Civil War in the northern part of Shannon County. They will introduce the audience to the history of the Chilton family and how they relate to events in Shannon County during the Civil War. This will last one hour.
For four years of the Civil War, Fort D protected the city of Cape Girardeau from attack. Now Fort D will come to life once more. Local re-enactors will salute the memory of fallen soldiers with rifle and cannon fire.
An exhibit in the Missouri State Museum, which is located on the first floor of the State Capitol. The exhibit includes: "Slavery's Echoes," "Hands On Civil War" and a Civil War cannon diorama.
The Hartville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hartville host a Civil War reenactment to commemorate the Battle of Hartville, fought on Jan. 11, 1863.
The reenactment camps and "Civil War Period vendors" are on the property surrounding the Steele Mansion, which is a privately owned historical home in Hartville. The mansion was built by a confederate soldier after the war. The property surrounding the mansion is where confederate troops were camped during the Battle of Hartville.
On Friday, all area schools are invited to attend "school day" at the reenactment camps, where children can tour the camps to see how the solders lived and fought. The camps are open to the public all weekend. Battles are fought throughout the weekend at the Steele Mansion property; however, one battle is on the streets of Hartville, where the actual Battle of Hartville took place.
There is a Civil War times ball Saturday evening, hosted on the front lawn of the Steele Mansion. There are many other activities planned.
Admission is free. Visit our website for details.
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