The next Battle of Pilot Knob will be held on September 27 & 28, 2014
during the civil war sesquicentennial. Friends of Fort Davidson, is now actively seeking and will accept applications for the event’s food vendors, craft vendors and Civil War sutlers. As more information becomes available on the re-enactment, you will find it right here. Download these information Packets:
Every third year a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob is staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans to attend the next re-enactment scheduled during the Missouri Civil War 150th anniversary commemorations. We suggest that you make your lodging reservations very early for the reenactments. Now, would not be too soon to secure your reservations.
The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob, the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob, directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument.