News Release 077

Living history event will be held April 16 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Volume 39-077 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 28, 2011 – Learn about the Civil War in Missouri at a living history event Saturday, April 16 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. The event, featuring the Turner Brigade, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public to attend.

The Turner Brigade is a Union Civil War re-enacting group made up of infantry, artillery, cavalry and civilian units. The event will begin with muster and spring drill. There will be ongoing small arms and artillery drills throughout the day. The re-enactors will be in Civil War costume and portray life in military and refugee camps at the time. Spring was traditionally the time during the war when units would reorganize after a long winter. They would train and drill, much as you will observe at this living history event, readying them for the summer and fall battle campaign season.

Although smaller than a re-enactment, the event will be a sampling of what to expect during the 2014 re-enactment. There will be drills but there will not be any battle re-enactments during the event. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob re-enactment is scheduled for Sept. 27-28, 2014, at the historic site.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site is located at on Highway 221 in Pilot Knob. 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 more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit