News Release 158

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392

Sept. 5, 2014 Volume 42-14-158 

Battle of Pilot Knob re-enactment marks 150 years since battle

Events to include name change ceremony for state historic site

Jefferson City, Mo. - Marking 150 years since the Battle of Pilot Knob, re-enactors will gather on Sept. 27-28 for the re-creation of the 1864 running battle through the Arcadia valley. In addition to the events being held to commemorate the battle, a special ceremony will be held marking the recent name change of the historic site that preserves and interprets the battle.

In the week ahead of the re-enactment, Missouri State Parks will sponsor a series of Civil War-related events. Activities throughout the week will take place on the stage near the historic site visitor center. Special presentations will take place on:

• Saturday, Sept. 20. At noon and 2 p.m., guests can enjoy a blues concert starring Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a Dixieland concert starring St. Louis Levee Band.
• Sunday, Sept. 21. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will host hikes on Pilot Knob Mountain. Reservations are required by calling 573-222-3589, and space is limited.
• Monday, Sept. 22. At 7 p.m., speaker Mike Dickey will speak on Missouri’s Civil War history through the story of the Marmaduke family.
• Tuesday, Sept. 23. At 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a concert by Rick Thum, a renowned hammered dulcimer player.
• Wednesday, Sept. 24. At 7 p.m., viewers will be able to experience Civil War history through a music and dramatic presentation.
• Thursday, Sept. 25. At 7 p.m., experts will bring artifacts from the Civil War era and explain their history. Buying and selling of artifacts will not be permitted.
• Friday, Sept. 26. From 7-9 p.m., the Pilot Knob Mountain Boys will play and sing authentic songs of the Civil War.

The public can experience the re-enactment when camps open on Sept. 27 and 28 at 8 a.m. Each day will include programming on the main stage, military drills and the opportunity to view the battle in action. The running battle re-enactment begins at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. A full schedule of the re-enactment is available at mostateparks.com.

At 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 27, Missouri State Parks will hold a ceremony officially renaming the historic site “Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.” In addition to being the location of Fort Davidson, the site includes two burial trenches, a visitor center with a narrated story of the battle and a half-mile hiking trail.

The site visitor center is located at 118 E. Maple Street, near the junction of Hwy 221 and 21, 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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