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Reenactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob

9/28/2024 to 9/29/2024 | Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site | Pilot Knob, MO

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic site will host the 160th anniversary reenactment of the historic Civil War battle that took place at the site in September 1864. Twelve thousand Confederate troops under Gen. Sterling Price, former governor of Missouri, attacked Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob, which was defended by Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing and a combined force of 1,500 civilian volunteers and enlisted Army and Missouri Home Guard personnel.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be modern and historical vendors, as well as several food vendor options. The public is invited to visit the Union and Confederate encampments and learn about the life of a civil war soldier from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8-11 a.m. on Sunday. There will be periodic demonstrations of military tactics and marching throughout the day on Saturday and in the morning on Sunday.

The main battle reenactment will start at 1:30 p.m. each day. At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the fort powder magazine explosion will be reenacted.

For more information about this event, please contact Bryan Bethel or Brick Autry at 573-546-3454.

Event Times:
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site is located at:

118 E. Maple, Pilot Knob, MO | 573-546-3454

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs