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News Release 106

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2014 Volume 42-14-106 

Hear more about the Illinois 33rd Infantry Volunteer Regiment on June 24

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. 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.

On Tuesday, June 24 at 7 p.m., Missouri Civil War author and researcher Dr. Bob Schultz will present his program on the Illinois 33rd Infantry Volunteer Regiment. This Illinois Regiment, known as the “Normal Regiment” because its members came from the college in Normal, Illinois, was stationed in Arcadia Valley near Pilot Knob for only a few months in 1861 and 1862. The 33rd Illinois then went on to fight in several major battles during the Civil War. The regiment made a significant contribution to the defense of the Pilot Knob area.

Schultz is an author and speaker, and has written four books. In addition, he has written many articles on Missouri history and has given lectures on the Missouri Civil War and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was also the editor of the St. Charles County Heritage, the quarterly journal of the St. Charles County Historical Society, for many years.

The series continues through the month of July. Other programs on the Summer Series will include 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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