News Release 091

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392

June 5, 2014 Volume 42-14-091 

Hear more about the Battle of Pilot Knob at Fort Davidson State Historic Site on June 10

Jefferson City, Mo. - Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the Battle of Pilot Knob at Fort Davidson State Historic Site as a part of the 2014 Summer Speaker Series. The series will begin Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. and continue through the month of July. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Speaker Series will feature authors, experts and researchers who will deliver their programs at the site’s visitor center.

The first Summer Speaker will be Douglas Gifford, resident of Winfield, Mo. Gifford, a retired U.S. Army Major, will present his program, Myth Becomes History: Exposing Popular Misconceptions about The Battle of Pilot Knob.

Gifford is the author of several books on Missouri Civil War battles. He has written military training guides, called Staff Rides, for The Battle of Lexington and The Battle of Pilot Knob. He is currently revising his Staff Ride for the Battle of Pilot Knob.

Other programs on the Summer Series will include The Ozark Trail by Mark Hodges, The 33rd Illinois at Pilot Knob, 1861-1862 by Robert Schultz, and George Caleb Bingham and the Civil War by Dr. Joan Stack, Curator of Art Collections at the Missouri State Historical Society.

The site’s visitor center is located at 118 E. Maple Street in Pilot Knob. For more information about the event, call 573-546-3454. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


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