News Release 536

Battle of Pilot Knob Re-enactment planned Sept. 24-26 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Volume 38-536 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT., 14, 2010 – Relive an important time in history at the Battle of Pilot Knob Re-enactment Sept. 24-26 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Iron County.

The event highlights both the civilian and military life in the valley during the Civil War.  The event kicks off with a concert by the 52nd Regimental String Band at

7 p.m. on Friday evening.  Some period vendor booths will also be open at that time.  The main events begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning when both Union and Confederate army camps open to the public. Concessions and arts and crafts booths will open at 8 a.m. both days at the nearby Pilot Knob Memorial Park. The actual battle re-enactment will begin at 1:30 p.m. each day. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association, the Friends of Fort Davidson and the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Civil War-era scenes and stories will be showcased in the army camps. Union and Confederate troops will perform drills and demonstrations, and will re-enact blowing up the fort and the retreat.  Other activities on Saturday will include a period music by Jamin Bray and Matt Shoemaker during the day, period entertainment, and an evening Civil War-era concert and demonstration ball.    Many of the activities repeat on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.  Drills, demonstrations, music and Civil War-era scenes and stories continue until the event comes to a close with the “Final Assault on the Fort.”

The re-enactment will reflect the details of the original battle fought at the site on Sept. 26-27, 1864. Confederate troops will launch an infantry assault on the earthen fort, Fort Davidson, which is defended by Union troops. Hundreds of re-enactors equipped with horses, cannons and historically accurate weapons will participate in the re-creation of the battle.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site preserves the remnants of the earthen fort and the battlefield.  Information and exhibits in the site's museum tell the story of the historic battle, in which over 1,000 men fell in less than 20 minutes.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site is located in Pilot Knob, off Highway 21 on Highway 221 in Pilot Knob in Iron County. For more information, contact the site at 573- 546-3454 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit