Missouri Civil War History * Reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob
Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site (at Fort Davidson), Pilot Knob, Missouri
September 23-24, 2017

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Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment

The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia are rich in Civil War lore. Because of its strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad, Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob and the Arcadia Valley 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 1,500 soldiers dead or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Every third year a full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob is staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site (formerly 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 Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.  For much more on the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and Fort Davidson, click here.

Join us for the next battle reenactment scheduled for
Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site
(formerly Fort Davidson State Historic Site)
September 23-24, 2017

Download the 2017 Reenactment Schedule of Events!

2017 Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment Schedule

To participate in the Reenactment, please download these
information packets for more information:

2017 Reenactor Information Packet

2017 Sutler Registration Packet

2017 Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors Information Packet

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~ Activities Include Battles Saturday and Sunday ~
~ Blowing up the Fort Saturday Night ~
~ Infantry Artillery Cavalry Drills ~
~ Medical Demonstrations ~
~ Civilian Activities ~
~ Period Entertainment ~
~ Tableaus ~ Vendors ~ Crafters ~ Food ~
~ Reenactor's Ball ~
~ Memorial Luminary Ceremony ~
~ Lectures by Civil War Authors ~


We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.  Sutler and arts and crafts booths are available.  This event is sponsored by the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce, the MCWRA (Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.   If you want to participate in the 2017 events, please see the downloadable information below.